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.

Tissue conditioning and other experiences with immediate dentures in Buffalo

Dentures in the hands prepared for the patient

One of the factors of total tooth replacement that leaves many people displeased is the time needed between the extraction of any existing teeth and the fitting of a permanent denture appliance. The time necessary for full healing, typically ranges from four to six months, during which time, the patient is toothless. Through innovation in the field of dentistry, patients may now choose to make this process easier with immediate dentures.

Immediate dentures are just as they sound. Before any teeth are extracted, your dentist constructs a denture appliance, which will be placed on the day of extraction. Using this method, you will not face time without teeth during the healing process.

There are various factors to the process of immediate dentures, including tissue conditioning. Your Buffalo dentist is careful to explain the details of treatment during your consultation phase so that you know exactly what to expect during treatment. Even those who have heard about immediate dentures from friends or family who have undergone this treatment may be surprised if their journey is not as they envisioned, based on the information provided by anyone other than their dentist.

When fitted with immediate dentures, loosening is bound to occur. Sometimes the denture begins to feel loose as soon as the day of initial placement. This is because gums tend to be quite swollen in the first days after tooth extraction. As swelling subsides, dentures may feel increasingly loose. The loosening of immediate dentures is to be expected. This part of the process, anticipated by your dentist, is made more comfortable with routine adjustments to the denture, which will help the appliance sit better on the gums so that the instance of sore spots is reduced.

One of the ways in which immediate denture appliances are made more comfortable is through tissue conditioning. Tissue conditioners, placed inside of the denture appliance around week six to eight after the extraction procedure, create a tighter fit between the appliance and the gums. This step further reduces sore spots, and may aid in clear speech, as well. Tissue conditioning may occur several times throughout the healing process, until the gums have ultimately healed enough to allow the design of a permanent denture.

Dr. Kent is skilled in the various tooth replacement treatments available today. With immediate dentures, you can love your smile all the way through the process.

Contact our office today to learn more, or to schedule your consultation.

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Mary the hygienist was absolutely amazing! I was a nervous wreck when I went in for a cleaning today and from the start she made sure that her main concern was to make sure I was comfortable and my nerves were under control. My routine cleaning ended up turning in to a bit more of challenge, but Mary went above and beyond to make sure that I was okay. She treated me like family instead of just another scared patient and that was more than I could’ve asked for. I would highly recommend her for any and all of your dental hygiene needs!