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Frequently Asked Questions

We believe that patient education is very important here at Michel Dental, because in our experience, the more someone knows, the healthier they are! That’s why we’re always happy to answer any questions you might have about your dental care. Below, we’ve included answers to some of the most common questions we receive every day, so this is a great place to start if you’re looking to boost your dental knowledge. Be sure to give us a call if there is anything else you’d like to ask!

What services do you offer?

We offer a wide variety of dental services for patients of all ages. Our focus is general, preventive dentistry because we firmly believe the best way to maintain optimal oral health is to diagnose and treat dental concerns in the earliest stages. We also offer restorative and cosmetic dentistry services, and therapy for TMJ disorder and sleep apnea. Additionally, we offer specialized endodontic and periodontal treatments for the relief of root canal infection and gum disease respectively.

Do I have to visit Michel Dental every six months?

The American Dental Association recommends that patients visit the dentist for checkups and teeth cleanings two times a year. This recommendation is based on years of research and study on maintaining oral health, and most patients find preventive dental exams and teeth cleanings every six months are adequate to prevent the majority of oral health concerns. Patients with chronic tooth decay or gum disease may need more frequent treatments.

Where are you located and when can I visit?

We have two convenient locations in Topeka and Silver Lake. Our main Topeka office is located at 2951 SW Wanamaker Drive, and you can reach us there at (785) 783-6316 with questions or to schedule an appointment. Our satellite office is located in Silver Lake at 400 S. Circle Drive, and you can contact us there at (785) 582-0185. Our main office is open five days a week, and our hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 7:30 am to 5 pm, Wednesday 7 am to 1 pm, and Fridays from 8 am to noon. Our Silver Lake office is open on Fridays from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

Can my children come to your practice?

Yes. We are a family dentistry practice, and welcome your entire family to achieve their dental health goals with us.

What are your financing and insurance policies?

The Michel Dental team is happy to work with patients to finance their dental care. We accept payment via cash, check, and major credit cards. We also accept CareCredit third party healthcare financing and can help patients apply for no or low interest payment plans with CareCredit. We are a preferred dental provider for many major benefit plans, and we’re happy to process and file insurance claims no matter who your plan is with in order to maximize benefits.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Gum disease effects more than 50% of US adults and is the leading cause of tooth loss. It’s essential to diagnose and treat this detrimental oral health concern in the earliest stages. If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact Michel Dental immediately:

My tooth is sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Should I be concerned?

Sensitivity to changes in temperature could mean you have a root canal infection, severe tooth decay, or an abscessed tooth. It’s important to contact our team right away to increase the odds of preserving the tooth.

Do you offer cosmetic dentistry services?

Absolutely. Dr. Michel has years of experience in both traditional cosmetic dentistry services and cosmetic dental restorations including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, tooth-colored dental restorations, and Invisalign orthodontics.

What happens if my crown breaks or comes lose?

If your crown or other dental restoration is damaged, call our team right away. Carefully obtain any broken pieces, and bring them with you to our office. We’ll do our best to see you the day you call or soon after, and can provide guidance on pain management and oral hygiene until your visit.

My jaw is often sore in the morning and I have headaches, can a dentist help?

The Michel Dental team has years of experience in treating temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This painful disorder cause sore jaw, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, and head and neck pain. Dr. Michel has done extensive research and training to provide effective non-surgical treatment for TMJ disorder.