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.

What is the process of tooth implantation for Buffalo patients?

Doctor holding model of teeth with dental implant, closeup of tooth implantation

When patients have experienced natural tooth loss, they have a variety of options available when it comes to restoring their smile. Dental bridges, partial dentures, and dental implants are all solutions to this concern. However, Dr. Kent of the Smile Center will often steer his patients in the direction of dental implants when it comes to finding a long-term, worthwhile investment in a patient’s smile. Many patients want to learn more about the process behind tooth implantation. Buffalo dentists such as Dr. Kent are happy to take the time to explain the procedure to patients and ensure them that this is one of the best available options for tooth replacement.

Patients must be a viable candidate for implant placement. An overall examination and consultation will allow Dr. Kent to determine whether a particular individual is in a position to have tooth implantation. Buffalo patients who are interested in this treatment will need to have sufficient bone structure for the placement of the dental implant.

The dental implant is a titanium metal post that the dentist will implant into the bone underneath the gum. This will replicate a tooth root. It is then left to heal over the course of several months to allow the process of osseointegration to occur. Osseointegration is the process in which the bone in the jaw grows around the implant to help hold it into place, in the same way it does a natural tooth root. Bone stimulation is the key to the success of a dental implant.

Then, a dental crown is fabricated and placed on the top of the dental implant to act as the false tooth. This will be fabricated in a way that it matches the patient’s natural teeth as close as possible so that it looks cosmetically appealing within the smile.

The care and maintenance of a dental implant is easy. Patients should brush and floss just as they would their normal teeth, and visit their dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations. If properly maintained, patients can easily enjoy their dental implants for the rest of their life!

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I can’t say it enough how much I love the Smile Center. Laura and Dr. Kent were so patient and kind with my entire denture process. Laura’s daughter Alicia is absolutely wonderful, she’s as sweet as her mom and takes her time with any adjustment I need. I would recommend this office time and time again. Keep up the great work!