Patients who visit the Smile Center can work closely with Dr. Gordon Kent to enhance the appearance, function, and health of their teeth and gums. When problems occur in the smile, patients in the area of Buffalo, NY may require dental restorations. Our practice utilizes porcelain materials to create everything from dental crowns to dental bridges.
Dental crowns are restorations made of porcelain that add another layer of protection to a tooth. A tooth that has been damaged by large cavities, trauma, or root canal therapy may require a crown to protect it. A dental crown is like a “cap” that is created to bond over the prepared tooth. Teeth that require dental crowns are prepared by the dentist with the removal of enamel around the entire exposed area. Then, impressions are made and sent to a dental laboratory to create a custom restoration for the patient. A temporary is put in place until the final restoration comes into the office. Patients will come into the practice to have their new crown cemented in place. With proper care, patients will enjoy their dental crowns for many years to come!
Dental bridges are used to repair the smile. A dental bridge is a restoration that includes false teeth and dental crowns fused together to create a single unit. This piece is then placed over the adjacent prepared teeth, which helps hold the bridge in place. Patients who are missing one or more teeth in a row within a dental arch are often best suited for a bridge. Alternative options include dental implants or partial dentures, which are also available in our facility for patient consideration.
Over the years, dentistry has taken a more aesthetic approach. Every restoration can now be made to blend in with the natural teeth. This is achieved with the use of materials that are not only beautiful but also strong and durable. Porcelain has been used for many years with great success and integrated into many different procedures at our office. Porcelain best mimics the appearance of tooth enamel and has the same shine and look. Porcelain restorations are made to match the color of the patient’s existing teeth, ensuring seamless integration.
What are the benefits of porcelain restorations?
Porcelain restorations are:
- Strong and durable
What other ways can a patient repair the smile?
Restorative dentistry can address many different issues. Restorative procedures available at the Smile Center may include dental crowns and bridges, along with dentures, implants, inlays, onlays, fillings, and more. To determine the best way of improving their smiles, we encourage patients to book a consultation visit and initial evaluation with Dr. Gordon Kent and his team to decide what restorations may be used in addressing problems. From decay to periodontal disease, our practice is equipped with everything to ensure a more beautiful, healthy smile.
How are dental crown and bridges made to match my smile?
At our practice, we have connections with a dental laboratory that has made many restorations for our patients. We want to ensure patients have their restorations created by a team who understands the importance of beauty and presentation. These restorations are made with specific information sent by our dental team to create restorations that will last many years with proper care. Maintenance of dental crowns and bridges include daily care as well as routine visits to the dental office for check-ups. Our team also provides routine dental cleanings to help keep problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease from damaging the smile.
Request an appointment with the team at Smile Center today
Patients in the area of Buffalo, NY who are interested in obtaining quality dental restorations are welcome to book a visit with Dr. Gordon Kent and his team at the Smile Center. An appointment can be made by speaking with the front office staff at and visiting at 4427 Union Road.