As we begin to see more news about COVID-19 (coronavirus), Smile Center will be taking some additional steps to protect the health and safety of our patients and team.

We adhere to the ADA and CDC cleaning guidelines at all times, and all standard sterilization measures are followed.

Additionally, we have increased our daily cleaning and disinfecting measures to include frequently-touched surfaces, such as counter tops, door handles, bathroom surfaces, and more. We encourage our staff to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands thoroughly. We encourage our patients to do the same.

During this time we will be available only for emergencies. If you have a true emergency please call 716-634-4090

If you answer YES to any of the following questions, please CALL OUR OFFICE to reschedule your appointment. No cancellation fee or penalty will apply. Answer Questions
  • Have you traveled outside of the continental US in the past 14 days?
  • Have you traveled to/from high-risk areas in the US or on a cruise ship in the past 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset?
  • Do you currently have a fever or symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)?
  • Do you feel ill in any way?
Just like with our patients, we have asked our team members to stay home if they feel ill. Your health and well being are our top priority. We are monitoring the situation and updating our standards and policies as new information emerges. We promise to do everything in our power to keep you safe.

Please call our office if you have any questions.

The best path to total function may include dental implants from your Buffalo dentist

Senior female patient smiling to the camera holding a mirror sitting in a dental chair at the clinic

For many decades, dentures have served as the primary form of tooth replacement in our country. Several years ago, a shift began to occur, after the invention of dental implants. These tooth prosthetics allow total flexibility, replacing a single tooth or an entire mouth full of teeth that have been lost or need to be extracted. Total tooth replacement is possible, and remains cost-effective, even though implants are solitary prosthetics. Investigating the suitability of dental implants for your tooth replacement is beneficial, as this form of treatment boasts an extremely high (more than 95%) success rate.

Each person’s best path for tooth replacement consists of personalized care tailored to his or her needs. We may incorporate dental implants into your treatment in our Buffalo practice to bring you benefits such as:

  • Dental implants lead to a degree of chewing function that most closely replicates natural teeth. Chewing function is extremely important due to the fact that it is what begins the entire digestive process. In order for your body to maximize the foods you are consuming, these foods must be properly broken down. A lesser degree of chewing can lead to gastrointestinal upset. When a tooth or teeth are missing and not replaced, it is common for chewing to become altered, where one side is favored over the other. The risk with this is undue stress on remaining teeth, as well as the jawbone, possibly leading to dysfunction and pain in the joints that operate the jaw.
  • Replacing lost teeth with dental implants does not necessarily require full restoration with individual posts. Implants are often used in conjunction with a customized denture appliance. At Smile Center, Dr. Kent places a few dental implants, which fuse to healthy bone tissue over time. A denture appliance is then crafted with connectors that attached securely to implant posts. The implant-retained denture is a cost-effective, highly customized way to achieve full function and a beautiful aesthetic.
  • Tooth replacement is not only about function, but also appearance. Teeth make our smiles beautiful, and support the structure of the cheeks and lips, even the chin. Dental implants, either on their own or for denture support, are effective at preserving bone structure by consistently stimulating the jawbone. This stimulation prevents bone from breaking down over time, become reabsorbed into the body.

Losing a tooth or teeth impacts your health and overall wellbeing. Working with Dr. Kent, your smile can be restored to a healthy, beautiful condition.

Contact Smile Center to learn more about dental implants.

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