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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Your Buffalo dentist can help save your tooth in an emergency

Dentist surgeon performing emergency dental surgery with assistant

One of the most alarming dental emergencies is an avulsed (knocked out) tooth. Many people assume that once the tooth has been separated from the socket, there is no hope of saving it. However, there is a chance of reattachment with quick action on your part, and the help of your dentist at Smile Center in Buffalo, NY.

If the tooth is handled properly and you see a dentist quickly, the root can reconnect with the bone tissue. There is a narrow time window for this to happen, so be sure to call our office right away. Re-implantation is most successful with younger children who have lost adult (secondary) teeth, but it is possible at any age. It is not recommended if a child lost a baby (primary) tooth.

What to do for a knocked out tooth:

  • Call Smile Center at 716-634-4090.
  • Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown (part that shows above the gumline). Rinse gently with tepid water.
  • Carefully try to insert it back in the socket. Be sure that you have the front of the tooth facing outward.
  • If the tooth will not go back in the socket easily, place it in a sterile container filled with milk.
  • Use a cool compress to ease pain.
  • Apply gentle pressure using a small piece of gauze to control bleeding if necessary.
  • Visit our office as soon as you can, and be sure to bring the tooth.

What not to do:

  • Don’t touch the root
  • Don’t remove any tissue that is clinging to the tooth
  • Don’t scrub or brush the tooth
  • Don’t use peroxide or alcohol to clean it

Remember – the most important step you can take in any dental emergency is to call us first. We are here when you need us. Our phones are answered by a real, knowledgeable employee 24 hours a day, who will be able to advise you and arrange for you to see a dentist as soon as possible. Call us at 716-634-4090 any time.

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Appointments start on time. No pain, great work. I had a root canal and was scared to death, but it was a snap!