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.

Buffalo dentist’s unparalleled experience gets dental implants off to a healthy start for a lifetime of use

Elderly man getting examined at dental office

After hearing about dental implants, you may be left with the impression that they can last “indefinitely.” Clinical studies seem to support this idea. It’s been widely reported that more than 95 percent of implants were still going strong at least 20 years after placement.

Other options, such as dental bridges, generally have a lifespan of about 10 years. There are some factors that can influence how long your new tooth or new teeth last.

Congratulations! You’re off to a good start.

By turning to Dr. Gordon Kent, you are turning to a dentist boasting more experience with dental implants than any other professional in the Greater Buffalo region. The ability for your implant to fuse with the bone or osseointegrate, as well as the avoidance of implant-related complications, is dependent on the skill of the clinician.

It’s important to turn an experienced professional to ensure:

  • Proper selection of implant sites
  • Appropriate spacing of implants
  • Appropriate number of implants to support new teeth
  • Proper implant design
  • Skilled surgical techniques

Now, it’s your turn

Dr. Kent and his team ensure the success of your implant placement, but it’s up to the patient to practice good home care and avoid habits that can potentially harm the implant.

Studies have found smoking is a significant reason implants fail. The effects of tobacco on the oral cavity are well-documented; smoking is associated with increased presence and severity of gum damage. It is associated with deeper periodontal pockets, which are shallow areas between the teeth that harbor harmful bacteria.

It’s also important to manage other medical conditions for overall health and the health of your implant. For instance, diabetes reduces the body’s ability to defend itself from bacterial invasion, which makes your implant vulnerable.

It’s always a good idea to keep stress in check. Stress, like diabetes, also impairs immune-functioning and it is linked to xerostomia or dry mouth. Saliva is a natural cleanser. When the production of saliva slows or comes to a halt, you can’t effectively cleanse your mouth of food debris and germs, a scenario that puts you at risk of complications that threaten the lifespan of your implant.

Since dental implant-supported teeth are designed like natural, healthy teeth, the same habits that keep natural teeth healthy apply here. While it’s true dental implant-supported teeth don’t decay the same way as natural teeth, they can develop a condition called peri-implantitis, which is similar to the inflammation seen with periodontal disease. It’s critical you maintain thorough, consistent flossing and brushing habits, follow-up appointments, and ongoing check-ups and professional cleanings to keep this inflammation from developing around the implant.

One of the many great things about partnering with the Smile Center is you stay with the team you know and trust throughout the entire process, from the initial exam and consultation to implant placement, follow-up, and ongoing maintenance of your oral health.

The Smile Center will never have to refer you out to unfamiliar specialists who don’t have Dr. Kent’s more than 35 years of experience in the Buffalo area with this preferred tooth replacement option: dental implants. Call 716-634-4090.

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Excellent job all around! Very thorough; very professional. Thank you.