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.

Restoring your most natural aesthetic with a porcelain crown, made in our Buffalo dental laboratory

A dentist showing porcelain teeth to patient

Several considerations need to be made when you are facing tooth replacement. Though partial and full dentures have been the conventional methods used, this does not mean they are the most successful. Today, we understand the shortcomings of tooth replacement treatments that lie on top of the gums. Dr. Kent, of the Smile Center, provides long-lasting security and an attractive aesthetic, replacing missing teeth with dental implants.

Implants are inserted into the jawbone, creating a near-natural replica of tooth structure. Due to their design, implants provide a high level of support for a restoration, whether for a single porcelain crown, or a full-arch denture appliance. Implants also stimulate the bone tissue within the jaw, which preserves the natural structure that supports the face.

When choosing dental implant treatment, there is the matter of the dental crown, which will be visible when you smile. A crown replaces the tooth structure that lies above the gum line, situated onto the implant post. There are several types of dental crowns used in dentistry, but not all of them are right for every situation. The various materials that are available today offer a wide variety from which to choose. With decades of experience placing dental implants, Dr. Kent has extensive hands-on experience to help you choose the most suitable dental crown in your implant treatment.

The porcelain crown is quite popular amongst our Buffalo patients. This material is used in various dental treatments, including dental bridges and veneers. A porcelain crown can be made from one of several types of porcelain, which comes as a surprise to many people. Dr. Kent can discuss available options, including zirconia, alumina, and several others.

The type of porcelain crown that is most suitable for you will be based on several factors. For instance, people who grind or clench their teeth are best served by the strongest type of porcelain to top off dental implants. Replacement of a front tooth with a dental implant is another scenario in which the type of porcelain makes a difference, as opacity is the key to a natural appearance.

We want your new smile to look like you were born with it. Whether replacing a single tooth with a dental implant, or improving the comfort and security of dentures with several implants, Dr. Kent has the expertise to help you achieve your smile goals. Contact us for your visit at Smile Center today.

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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.