Local Dentist Impacts the Economy

March 28, 2012 Updated Mar 28, 2012 at 7:12 AM EDT

By WKBW News

March 28, 2012 Updated Mar 28, 2012 at 7:12 AM EDT

A local dental office is all smiles, as it boosts the local economy. Shatkin F.I.R.S.T. is unveiling its new state of the art training and education center, on Kensington Avenue in Amherst.

The 22,000 square foot facility, in two buildings, features seating for 50 dentists, dental operating rooms and a multi media system to train doctors on Shatkin's patented mini dental implants. Dr. Todd Shatkin says he has trained 9,000 dentists across the globe since 2000, but now he'll do that training in Western New York and impact the local economy.

"Bringing these doctors to Buffalo, who then send their dental lab cases here to have Shatkin F.I.R.S.T. fabricate their crowns, their dentures and their surgical guides for their implants, and also sell them those mini dental implants, is certainly helping the WNY economy," Dr. Shatkin said.

Opening weekend, which was last weekend, was sold out. Dr. Shatkin says visitors were impressed with Buffalo, especially with last week's warm weather. He took the visitors to a Sabres game as part of their visit.

Dr. Todd Shatkin and his brother, Dr. Samuel Shatkin, run the Aesthetic Associates Center, which includes the dental services and plastic surgery.

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