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.

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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