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 area dentist describes periodontal disease, sometimes referred to as gum disease

Gum Disease text in medical history

Dr. Gordon Kent of the Smile Center in Buffalo is a dentist who is ready to assist patients with all types of dental concerns. He understands that some patients have avoided the dental chair because of anxieties and provides a judgment free zone for patients to receive quality, comprehensive care. His practice is equipped with some of the latest technologies and he has the experience to provide patients with many services.

A common issue seen in his practice is the development of gum disease, sometimes referred to as periodontal disease. Gum disease can develop when patients do not maintain proper oral health habits. Bacteria develop and cause an infection on the gum tissue. This infection can damage the gums, the bone, and even result in the loss of natural teeth. Dr. Gordon Kent encourages patients to receive a diagnosis early enough for proper intervention. Signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Bone loss
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Bleeding during brushing and flossing

If any of the above situations are occurring within your smile, we encourage you to visit our dental practice as soon as possible for an evaluation. Once we have determined the stage of periodontitis, we can work with our patients in restoring their dental health. This may be done with antibiotic medications, extensive cleanings, and scaling and root planing. All of these procedures can be used in achieving better dental health and eliminate the bacteria that is causing these issues. Evaluation is done with x-rays, a physical examination, along with testing to determine the bacteria amount within the mouth. Then we discuss with patients the possible treatment options that can help them restore their dental health. Early stages such as gingivitis may only require a cleaning while the more advanced stages may require periodontal treatments including scaling and root planning.

At the Smile Center in Buffalo, NY, we want our patients to feel at ease with our team of professionals. Contact us today to start building a positive relationship with your dentist and see what it means to achieve better dental health and wellness with the help of our team!

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