We are pleased to announce that we are now permitted to provide all dental procedures and services. Our communities have been through a lot over the last few months. Smile Center is committed to the safety of our patients and our team. We will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs. We thank you for your understanding during this changing time.

We follow recommendations and guidelines made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This allows us to make sure that our infection control procedures are up-to-date and enables us to provide the safest environment for our patients and our team.

Smile Center has implemented additional safety precautions to help protect our patients and staff. We will be scheduling appointments in a manner that promotes social distancing and allows for adequate time for us to disinfect all areas of use in between appointments.

Upon arrival at our office,
  • Call us before entering the building to let us know you have arrived. We will call or text you once the office is ready for you to enter.
  • We ask that patients enter the office unaccompanied.
  • A member of our team will meet you at the door to take your temperature with a contactless thermometer.
  • Every person entering the office is expected to wear a face covering and will be asked to sanitize their hands immediately upon entry.
  • A COVID-19 questionnaire will be reviewed with you.

Clear plastic screens (sneeze guards) have been installed at the front desk to minimize exposure to airborne pathogens. Air exchange devices and new suction systems have been obtained and are being used to ensure the safety of patients and team.

Our doctors and staff will be wearing all of the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE).

Thank you for being part of our family dental practice. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back.

Buffalo dentist explains dental implants treatment for long lasting tooth restoration

3D images of dental implant structure

At Smile Center in Buffalo, NY, we understand that losing natural teeth has both a physical and emotional impact on a person. Without natural teeth, simple tasks like chewing and speaking can become difficult. Individuals often become embarrassed by the gaps in the smile which can lead to low self-esteem and isolation. Replacing missing teeth is important to improve the health of the smile and the patient’s confidence. Several tooth replacement options are available at Smile Center, with the most durable and comprehensive being dental implants.

Dental Implants are the closest restorative option to natural teeth. When in place, implants can improve the beauty, strength, and health of the smile. If you have experienced tooth loss and are unhappy with your current restoration, find out more about dental implants by calling Smile Center today at 716-634-4090.

What are dental implants?

Implants are tiny, rod-like cylinders that replace the natural tooth root. They are designed to support dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. Because dental implants provide stability down to the bone like natural teeth, patients can chew, speak, and smile with ease and confidence.

Implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement because they are the strongest, most long-lasting solution. They are made from titanium, which is a strong, biocompatible material. Implants can be used for patients missing one or many teeth.

Anatomy of dental implants

In order to understand dental implants, it’s important to understand the anatomy of a tooth. When you smile, you only see a portion of the natural tooth. The crown is the part of the tooth that is visible above the gumline. Beneath the gums lies the tooth’s root, which is the lifeline of the tooth and provides support and structure.

The dental implant is the rod that is inserted into the bone. This is considered the new tooth “root.” A connector called an abutment is attached to the implant. Some dental implants are one piece and include the abutment already attached.

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Above the gumline, we replace the visible portion of the tooth with either a crown, bridge, or denture, depending on how many teeth are missing.

Dental Implant Placement

The dental implant procedure occurs over the course of two appointments. The first appointment is an in-office surgical procedure to place the implants. The dentist will make an incision through the gum in order to place the implant into the jawbone. The length of this procedure depends on how many implants are being placed. Once they are in place, the implants will fuse with the jawbone, during a process called osseointegration. Patients will be provided with temporary restorations to wear in the interim as osseointegration can take several months.

Once the implant has fused with the bone, patients can return for placement of the final restoration. Taking care of dental implants is as simple as taking care of natural teeth – patients just need to brush and floss regularly.

Benefits of dental implants

The biggest benefit of dental implants is that they replace the missing tooth root. This provides the jawbone with the necessary stimulation it needs to maintain structure and prevent further tooth loss.Lady patient sitting on the dentist chair

Other advantages include:

  • Long lasting – dental implants can last forever with proper oral hygiene
  • Allows patient to chew comfortably
  • Restores the beauty of the smile
  • More comfortable and durable than alternatives such as bridges or removable dentures
  • Preserves the facial structure, preventing the appearance of an aging face
  • No fear of teeth slipping out of place or worse, falling out
  • Temporary restorations can be placed to allow functionality and confidence during the healing process
  • Prevent jawbone deterioration
  • Prevent shifting teeth

The benefits of Smile Center

At Smile Center, we offer patients state of the art restorations. Our highly trained staff will explain all the options available, helping patients choose the solution that best fits his or her unique needs and budget.

Dental implants are a strong, lasting solution for patients who are missing natural teeth. There is no need to suffer in silence with embarrassment from missing teeth or discomfort from ill-fitting restorations. To find out if dental implants are right for you, please call Smile Center today at 716-634-4090 to schedule a consultation.

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They are amazing there. They were willing to work with me regarding full dentures. They have been great over the last 2 years with the teeth pulling, surgeries and dealing with my temp dentures having to be adjusted due to weight loss. I still have yet to receive my permanent ones because I have more weight to loose, but they are wonderful there and so willing to work with you. They are all happy, polite and usually take you on time. I would recommend them to anyone. Terrific place. Wonderful staff and doctors! AAA++++