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.

Great dental care in Buffalo protects root canals from infection

Woman at the dentist's chair during a dental procedure

A number of potential treatments may be undergone when working with a dentist for optimal oral health. Of the various procedures, root canal therapy may be the one that is approached with the most apprehension. Often, roots canals are performed in our Buffalo dental practice to address a persistent toothache. There are times, however, when the need for treatment is discovered early, during a routine exam and x-ray.

Because root canal therapy is so commonly preceded by intense pain, the procedure has developed a bad reputation. The butt of jokes and topic of tall tales, root canal therapy is actually similar to getting a filling, which means the procedure is not painful. As with most restorative procedures, root canal therapy is performed under local anesthetic, numbing the treatment area. In our office, one may also choose to undergo this procedure with sedation such as laughing gas or oral sedatives.

Many people wonder if there is a way to avoid the need for root canal therapy, or an alternative way to eliminate tooth pain. A root canal is performed when a tooth and its internal structure have become damaged and infected. A tooth may become infected in a few ways. Primarily, infection in the root canal tends to stem from an untreated cavity. Gum disease may also pave the way for harmful bacteria to enter the root area of a tooth, leading to inflammation and pain.

When you consider the two most common factors that lead to the need for root canal therapy, you can see that there are ways to avoid this treatment. Ultimately, your dentist wants to preserve the health of your teeth and gums through regular preventative care. Dr. Kent and our hygienists, during routine exams and cleanings, will assess all areas of the mouth, and provide conservative treatment when problems like cavities or gingivitis are detected early. We also work with patients who have gum disease or a high instance of cavities to help them maintain health between visits with proper oral hygiene practices. By continuing excellent hygiene at home, including brushing, flossing, and use of oral rinses, as directed by your dentist, you stand a far better chance of avoiding root canal treatment.

Should the need for this restorative treatment arise, Dr. Kent has the skill and advanced tools to complete treatment quickly and with great precision. Our patients’ comfort is maintained with local anesthetic, and peace of mind cared for with sedation techniques when requested.

Stay ahead of dental disease. Contact us for your visit with Dr. Gordon Kent.

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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.