Attention!!!

As we begin to see more news about COVID-19 (coronavirus), Smile Center will be taking some additional steps to protect the health and safety of our patients and team.

We adhere to the ADA and CDC cleaning guidelines at all times, and all standard sterilization measures are followed.

Additionally, we have increased our daily cleaning and disinfecting measures to include frequently-touched surfaces, such as counter tops, door handles, bathroom surfaces, and more. We encourage our staff to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands thoroughly. We encourage our patients to do the same.

During this time we will be available only for emergencies. If you have a true emergency please call 716-634-4090

If you answer YES to any of the following questions, please CALL OUR OFFICE to reschedule your appointment. No cancellation fee or penalty will apply. Answer Questions
  • Have you traveled outside of the continental US in the past 14 days?
  • Have you traveled to/from high-risk areas in the US or on a cruise ship in the past 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset?
  • Do you currently have a fever or symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)?
  • Do you feel ill in any way?
Just like with our patients, we have asked our team members to stay home if they feel ill. Your health and well being are our top priority. We are monitoring the situation and updating our standards and policies as new information emerges. We promise to do everything in our power to keep you safe.

Please call our office if you have any questions.
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Prevent complications from common trauma with 24-hour emergency dental care in Buffalo NY

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It’s no secret that staying active keeps your heart healthy, as regular exercise lowers the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease. You may not realize oral health keeps your heart and the rest of your body running its best. Bacteria and inflammation associated with gum disease is also associated with heart disease, difficult-to-control diabetes and other chronic conditions.

Untreated gum disease can produce symptoms that are so disruptive you may need to call the Smile Center outside of regular business hours. As a 24-hour emergency dental care provider in Buffalo NY, Dr. Gordon Kent welcomes your calls as he and his team want to get you out of pain and on the road to recovery in no time. Plus, the longer you go without treatment, the greater your odds of developing serious complications such as a systemic infection or abscess.

Conditions that require emergency dental treatment may result from the very sport or activity that keeps your body healthy. The National Youth Sports Foundation reports 15 million people suffer dental injuries each year, with 5 million teeth lost to sports-related injuries. Athletes, in a single season, have a 1 in 10 chance of suffering an injury to the face or teeth. The lifetime odds of developing a sports-related dental injury is almost 1 in 2.

Since these injuries occur so frequently, the trusted Smile Center team plays a vital role in promptly treating this type of trauma and monitoring healing. A knocked-out tooth that the dentist has placed back in the socket is rejected by your body in some cases as a defense mechanism. The tooth root can dissolve or resorb, which underscores the need for Dr. Kent to examine the treated area at regular intervals to make sure roots don’t resorb and that surrounding tissues are healing properly.

The team wants to work with you to prevent these injuries from occurring in the first place. It is always far easier to be in a proactive position and prevent conditions than to be reactive and responsive to an existing problem.

To avoid the need for extraction, it’s important to have even the most seemingly minor dental injury evaluated without delay. For example, sometimes nearby teeth suffer injuries that might otherwise go unnoticed without professional detection. There is a greater chance of complications such as root resorption should a dislodged tooth not be handled properly and tended to quickly.

Preventive measures include:

  • A properly-fitted custom mouthguard that adequately covers the teeth, arch, and surrounding tissues
  • A dental kit with items like Save-a-Tooth™ preserving solution, sterile gauze, a spare commercial mouthguard, and penlight

Keep the Smile Center number handy. Call 716-634-4090 in the event of an accident. It may also be time to schedule a check-up so the doctor can discuss protective dental appliances and other measures, and can check your overall oral health to prevent emergencies not caused by activities on the field or at the rink.

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