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Optima Dental Group – Specialists For Everyone In Your Family

Optima Dental Group specializes in care for every member of your family — from pediatric patients to those who need implants and dentures.

  • Dr. Michael Edwards – General and Cosmetic dentistry
  • Dr. James Burchett – Pediatric Dentistry — the only pediatric-trained dentist in Franklin County.  St. Louis Magazine voted Dr. Burchett “Top Dentist” ten years in a row.
  • Dr. Mark Mangels – Periodontist

Michael Edwards, DMD

Dr. Mike Edwards is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.  Dr. Edwards is a pioneer in the dental field researching and developing techniques, methods and medical devices that help patients and doctors improve the dental experience.  Some of these methods and devices are in use around the world today and have been covered by Fox, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and media outlets all over Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Dr. Edwards has been a keynote speaker, guest lecturer, and consultant for many public and private groups around the U.S. discussing topics related to dentistry as well as medicine and health in general.

Dr. Edwards started Optima Dental Group in Union, MO in 1996.  He has filled needs in the community by donating to charities, non-profits and other humanitarian work at home and in various locations around the world.

Dr. Edwards started the Midwest Center for Craniofacial Pain in 2007 for people with complex dental needs, TMJ dysfunction and those who have suffered injuries to the head and neck.

His interests include partnering with patients to create generative health through a comprehensive approach to dentistry.  Dr. Edwards uses state of the art equipment to deliver long lasting, affordable dentistry.  Dr. Edwards studies with some of the top dentists and doctors in the country and far exceeds the state requirements for continuing education.  Dr. Edwards belongs to various organizations and societies that deal with TMJ, esthetic dentistry, comprehensive dentistry and humanitarian causes.

Optima Dental Group was designed to bring you the best dentistry has to offer. This provides our patients with the same diagnostic and treatment methods that Americas top dentists offer right here in Franklin County for a fraction of the cost. With on-site Periodontal services, even the most complex implant restorative case can be treated in a multidisciplinary approach without the increased cost of multiple specialists charges and trips to the city. From basic restorative dentistry to microscopic esthetic dentistry, we use biocompatible materials, in-house specialists to improve communication and collaboration, and proven technology with time tested methods to keep treatment affordable.

MEMBERSHIPS Past and Present:

  •      Academy of Bioesthetic Dentistry
  •      American Dental Association
  •      Crown Council
  •      Academy of General Dentistry
  •      St. Louis Institute for Integrative Medicine — Founding Member
  •      American Equilibration Society
  •      Center for Professional Development Alumni
  •      Center for Advanced Dentistry Alumni
  •      World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry
  •      Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
  •      American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  •      American Academy of Pain
  •      Greater St. Louis Dental Society
  •      Missouri Dental Association

Mark Mangels, DMD

Dr. Mark Mangels, moved from Tulsa, OK to St. Louis area in 1995 to attend dental school at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.  From 1999-02 practiced general dentistry as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in San Diego, CA., including a one year residency in advanced general dentistry and two years aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation.

He went on to a 3-year specialty training program in periodontics and dental implants, earning a specialty certificate in Periodontics from St. Louis University.

He maintains private practice in St. Peters, MO and Union, MO and is a past associate Clinical Instructor in Periodontics at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

Services include surgical and non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease, dental implants, cosmetic periodontal surgery, sedation and oral medicine.

MEMBERSHIPS Past and Present:

American Dental Association

Missouri Dental Association

Greater St Louis Dental Society

American Academy of Periodontology

Academy of Osseointegration

Pediatric Dentist James Burchett, DDS

Dr. James Burchett is the only trained pediatric dentist in Franklin County, and St. Louis Magazine has recognized him as a Top Dentist for ten years in a row.  Through years of special training, he knows how to ease children’s fears of the dentist.  And since those anxieties follow many people into adulthood, it’s important to start your child’s relationship with dentistry off right.  Dr. Burchett, who’s a father himself, knows how important it is to work within a child’s comfort zone.  He wins children over instantly with his soft-spoken, gentle style.

Dr. Burchett treats children in Union and at his pediatric practice in O’Fallon, MO.  He has been treating children at Optima Dental Group for nearly 5 years and usually sees his patients on Thursdays and Fridays.  He uses a variety of methods to help your child feel comfortable and treats your child in a respectful manner, beginning a healthy, life-long relationship with dentistry.

Dr. Burchett spent 4 years in the Marine Corps after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.  After serving in the military, Dr. Burchett graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas.  He completed his specialized pediatric residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York.  He returned to Texas to practice dentistry for several years before returning home to Missouri.

Dr. Burchett is married and has a son and daughter and one granddaughter.  His hobbies include weightlifting, flyfishing and watching football.

MEMBERSHIPS Past and Present

American Dental Association

Missouri Dental Association

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Southwest Society of Pediatric Dentistry

Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Krista at Optima Dental Group


I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of this amazing state of art dental practice and upbeat team for more than 10yrs. I started as a Dental Assistant and after 5yrs I became the Practice Administrator. My husband and I grew up in Union and we have two boys. When I am not spending time with my family. I enjoy running, biking, and hiking.

Rebecca - Team member of Optima Dental Group


I’ve been part of the amazing Optima Dental Group team for more than 5 years. I’m currently a Dental Hygienist. I love working here because it is a health driven, patient focused practice. We put the patient’s health and needs first. We have an awesome team that does world class work while having fun. I grew up on a dairy farm in Northwest Missouri and love the community we serve. Outside of work I enjoy nature and spending time with my family.



I’ve been a Dental Assistant at Optima Dental Group for more than 2 and half years and I love the team oriented family atmosphere we have here. My favorite part of my career is making patients feel comfortable.

``Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is the progress. Working together is the growth. Seeing you smile is the success.``

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Office Hours

Monday:  9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Tuesday:  8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Wednesday:  8:00 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Thursday:  9:00 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Friday:  By Appointment Only