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.

How patients in Buffalo, NY can find a qualified implants dentist

Dentist explaining the dental treatment to a patient in the office

The idea of having an artificial tooth root implanted into your jaw bone may sound new and a little scary. However, the concept isn’t recent. Ancient cultures experimented with it, and modern dental implants have been in use since the early 1980s. It is currently the best method we have of replacing a missing tooth with one that looks, feels, and functions like the real thing. Implantology is an evolving field. That means technology, materials, and methods are changing fast. How can you find a dentist who is trained and qualified? Dr. Gordon Kent of The Smile Center in Buffalo, NY shares these tips.

It starts with a click

The internet puts a wealth of information at your fingertips. Begin with a general search for dentists in the Buffalo, NY area. Check websites, looking for those who indicate they do dental implants. Narrow your search by jotting down five or six whose location, hours, and general feel appeals to you.

Next, take a look at what real patients have to say about these doctors. Look for testimonials on the dentist’s website and social media pages like Facebook and Google+. There are plenty of independent sites where consumers can leave unbiased reviews, too.

Then a little old school

Your list should be a shorter now. It’s time for some old-fashioned word of mouth. Ask family members, co-workers, and friends to tell you about their experiences with these dentists. Inquire especially about dental implants.

The next step is critical. Call or visit the dentist’s office to ask for more specific information on their services with regard to implantology. Bear in mind that the procedure actually involves several steps:

  • Pre-surgery planning to ensure precise positioning of the implant, with no surprises.
  • Surgical placement of the implant into the jaw bone.
  • The addition of a post or abutment, once the bone has fused around the implant.
  • The restoration phase – design, fabrication, and placement of a beautiful porcelain crown.

While many dentists advertise that they perform dental implants, in reality, they handle only the restoration. Their patients are referred to an oral surgeon for the preliminary stages. That means more appointments, travel, and time away from work or home.

Why your search ends at The Smile Center

At The Smile Center the latest dental implant techniques are delivered in a convenient, familiar setting, in the care of people you know, from a dentist who understands your dental history. Dr. Kent handles every phase of the process gently and to exacting standards. His broad background in sociology, education, medicine, dental technology, and dentistry give him a unique perspective on all facets of patient care. He has specialized training in implantology and is a Fellow in a dental implant society called the American Society of Osseointegration. He has been placing dental implants since 1981, and has more years of experience in oral implantology than any other doctor in the region.

Dr. Kent encourages you to search for a dentist who is qualified to meet all of your oral healthcare needs. He is confident that the quest will lead you to make a call to The Smile Center at 716-634-4090.

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