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.

The best path to total function may include dental implants from your Buffalo dentist

Senior female patient smiling to the camera holding a mirror sitting in a dental chair at the clinic

For many decades, dentures have served as the primary form of tooth replacement in our country. Several years ago, a shift began to occur, after the invention of dental implants. These tooth prosthetics allow total flexibility, replacing a single tooth or an entire mouth full of teeth that have been lost or need to be extracted. Total tooth replacement is possible, and remains cost-effective, even though implants are solitary prosthetics. Investigating the suitability of dental implants for your tooth replacement is beneficial, as this form of treatment boasts an extremely high (more than 95%) success rate.

Each person’s best path for tooth replacement consists of personalized care tailored to his or her needs. We may incorporate dental implants into your treatment in our Buffalo practice to bring you benefits such as:

  • Dental implants lead to a degree of chewing function that most closely replicates natural teeth. Chewing function is extremely important due to the fact that it is what begins the entire digestive process. In order for your body to maximize the foods you are consuming, these foods must be properly broken down. A lesser degree of chewing can lead to gastrointestinal upset. When a tooth or teeth are missing and not replaced, it is common for chewing to become altered, where one side is favored over the other. The risk with this is undue stress on remaining teeth, as well as the jawbone, possibly leading to dysfunction and pain in the joints that operate the jaw.
  • Replacing lost teeth with dental implants does not necessarily require full restoration with individual posts. Implants are often used in conjunction with a customized denture appliance. At Smile Center, Dr. Kent places a few dental implants, which fuse to healthy bone tissue over time. A denture appliance is then crafted with connectors that attached securely to implant posts. The implant-retained denture is a cost-effective, highly customized way to achieve full function and a beautiful aesthetic.
  • Tooth replacement is not only about function, but also appearance. Teeth make our smiles beautiful, and support the structure of the cheeks and lips, even the chin. Dental implants, either on their own or for denture support, are effective at preserving bone structure by consistently stimulating the jawbone. This stimulation prevents bone from breaking down over time, become reabsorbed into the body.

Losing a tooth or teeth impacts your health and overall wellbeing. Working with Dr. Kent, your smile can be restored to a healthy, beautiful condition.

Contact Smile Center to learn more about dental implants.

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Always very professional and friendly. The register dental hygienist Mary is great. She really makes you feel comfortable and understands people have ” dental anxiety”. She always puts me at ease.