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.

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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They are amazing there. They were willing to work with me regarding full dentures. They have been great over the last 2 years with the teeth pulling, surgeries and dealing with my temp dentures having to be adjusted due to weight loss. I still have yet to receive my permanent ones because I have more weight to loose, but they are wonderful there and so willing to work with you. They are all happy, polite and usually take you on time. I would recommend them to anyone. Terrific place. Wonderful staff and doctors! AAA++++