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Protecting Smiles with Preventive Dentistry

Handsome man wearing a white shirt laughingWe believe that the best way to optimize oral health is to find and treat problems before they create significant damage. Dr. Michael Michel is an experienced general and family dentist here in Silver Lake and Topeka, and he enjoys being able to help patients achieve whole-mouth health and lasting smiles. He uses modern tools and techniques to deliver comprehensive, compassionate care.

Attending a six-month check-up is the first step towards achieving great oral health. During this important visit, you’ll receive a thorough examination of your teeth and supporting structures. Our team will take pictures inside your mouth with a small intraoral camera and display these images on a nearby monitor for easy viewing. These close-up shots can then be magnified to reveal details that are not easily seen with just a visual inspection. Dr. Michel uses these images to clearly explain his findings to you, the patient, and work with you to develop a customized treatment plan. Resolving oral problems when they’re still small can save you time and money, as well as preserve your full, natural smile.

Do you constantly snore or wake up feeling fatigued? These symptoms may be caused by sleep apnea. Dr. Michael can help you with this disruptive and potentially dangerous condition by providing a patented Oasys Sleep Snoring Device. Our office is also happy to offer treatment for TMJ disorder, periodontal disease. We always make to treat the person and not just the smile here at Michel Dental!

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Dental Sealants

Keeping your teeth completely free of food particles and dangerous bacteria can be a challenge, especially for younger patients who are still learning to effectively brush and floss. Thankfully, dental sealants from Dr. Michel can make a big difference. Our team will paint these plastic seals directly over the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, sealing them shut and dramatically reducing the chances of decay. Our Silver Lake and Topeka team may also recommend sealants for adults in certain situations.

Oral Cancer Screenings

On average, one person is diagnosed with oral cancer every hour. This disease can have deadly consequences for patients if it’s not diagnosed at an early enough stage; that’s why Dr. Michel strongly recommends that all patients undergo a thorough screening as part of their routine check-ups. During this process, our team will carefully scan your mouth for lumps, thickened areas, easily bleeding sores, and other tell-tale signs of cancerous cells.


For our athletic patients, we offer custom sportsguards. Unlike ready-made versions available in most sporting goods stores, custom sportsguards fit comfortably and provide maximum smile protection. If you’ve ever invested in potentially pricey sportsguards that dangled from a football helmet or stayed in a locker all season, custom sportsguards may be a better solution to protect your athlete’s smiles. Because these guards are created for a unique bite, they offer superior comfort, and increase the likelihood of compliance.

Dr. Michel is happy to welcome patients from Silver Lake, Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, and beyond. Contact us today to schedule your first consultation with our team!