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.

Immediate dentures span minimal steps, but represent a giant leap with regard to how patients feel, look

Smiling Female Dentist explaining artificial teeth

It’s possible to arrive at the Smile Center in need of new teeth and walk out the door a mere two hours later wearing dentures. This same-day smile upgrade comes courtesy of immediate dentures. The earlier Dr. Kent and his team fill those gaps, the sooner you can get used to eating, speaking, and living with your new dentures.

The process

Conventional and immediate dentures can replace some or all of your natural teeth. Both require planning such as making impressions of your mouth and taking measurements to see how the upper and lower jaws fit together.

The immediate denture process differs from the conventional denture process at the time when teeth are extracted.

After any remaining teeth are pulled, Dr. Kent and his team typically:

  • Insert the initial “healing” denture
  • Schedule follow-up visits during the next 6 to 12 weeks while soft tissues heal
  • Adjust the healing denture as tissues supporting the appliance shrink, causing the mouth’s shape to change
  • Take final measurements
  • Make the permanent denture in our lab
  • Insert your permanent, new teeth

The Smile Center team will be with you every step of the way. It’s normal for dentures to feel awkward at first. There may even be minor irritation, soreness, and increased saliva. If you are concerned about any discomfort or symptoms, call us 24/7. Live personnel staff our phones around the clock.

We are so serious about making sure you are happy with the look of your smile that the process isn’t over until the final adjustments are made. You must confirm in writing that you’re happy with the finished product.

Unlike immediate dentures, conventional dentures are not placed until after the healing process is complete. During these months, you may not have any teeth. Since some teeth remain in place, the Smile Center can accurately duplicate the shape, shade, and arrangement of your natural teeth. Like temporary crowns placed while permanent crowns are made in our lab, the immediate denture can also protect tissues during the critical healing period.

Before the Smile Center team embarks on these immediate dentures steps with you, we’ll need to determine if this type of denture is best. Factors to consider include specific oral health or medical conditions. We may also discuss other immediate dentures options, such as those placed on dental implants rooted in the jawbone for added stability. Call 716-634-4090 so we can discuss immediate dentures more with you, and options for payment and sedation to make this experience as comfortable and worry-free as possible.

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The Smile Center has been a reliable office for over 6 years! I have been greeted warmly, treated with respect and welcomed into their family. The hygienists (shoutout to Mary) especially make the appointment a pleasant experience. The wait time is almost always under 10 minutes. The front desk people are on top of the game as well! Definitely recommend.