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.

Understanding surgical root canal and retrograde filling for a stress-free procedure in our Buffalo dental office

Obturation of root canals during endodontic treatment

Root canal therapy is typically a straightforward procedure similar to that of getting a dental filling. In each procedure, we ensure our patient is comfortable before, during, and after treatment. We do this by explaining the various details that may surround treatment, and answering any questions that the patient has. Especially when root canal treatment is needed, we want to make sure the patient feels confident in moving forward with care, understanding the need, our method, and recovery well in advance.

Sometimes, what is needed to repair a tooth that has been damaged by infection within the pulp chamber is surgical root canal therapy. This more in-depth procedure may be needed after non-surgical therapy, if successful results could not be obtained. There are a few reasons a surgical approach may be taken, such as:

  • Both the root surface and bone have been damaged by infection and require repair.
  • Previous root canal therapy did not heal optimally.
  • The root canal cannot be accessed through the crown of the tooth.

Surgical root canal therapy is performed under local anesthetic, just like non-surgical treatment. Patients may take advantage of one of our various forms of sedation if they feel any anxiety about undergoing this procedure. To us, patient comfort extends beyond numbing the area on which we are working. We understand certain treatments may seem daunting, and we want to assure each patient that he or she is in good hands.

Surgical root canal therapy actually has the same purpose as the standard treatment, to remove infected tissue from the pulp chamber and cleanse the area. A common part of the surgical root canal, also called an apicoectomy, is the filling of the lowest point of the root canal after the canal has been thoroughly cleaned. This is called a retrograde filling. One of the goals in our Buffalo dental practice is to avoid the use of mercury fillings, producing healthier, more attractive smiles. Though a retrograde filling is not seen in the smile, we will carefully choose materials for this filling to aid in full healing.

Some of the factors we look for in retrograde fillings include:

  • Quick-setting
  • Proven effective in clinical tests
  • Consistency in shape
  • Optimal setting at edges
  • High capacity for sealing
  • Biocompatibility
  • Simple, effective application
  • Non-absorbable

Dr. Kent has many years of experience handling dental problems that range from mild to complex. At Smile Center, your smile is in good hands.

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