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.

Restoring your most natural aesthetic with a porcelain crown, made in our Buffalo dental laboratory

A dentist showing porcelain teeth to patient

Several considerations need to be made when you are facing tooth replacement. Though partial and full dentures have been the conventional methods used, this does not mean they are the most successful. Today, we understand the shortcomings of tooth replacement treatments that lie on top of the gums. Dr. Kent, of the Smile Center, provides long-lasting security and an attractive aesthetic, replacing missing teeth with dental implants.

Implants are inserted into the jawbone, creating a near-natural replica of tooth structure. Due to their design, implants provide a high level of support for a restoration, whether for a single porcelain crown, or a full-arch denture appliance. Implants also stimulate the bone tissue within the jaw, which preserves the natural structure that supports the face.

When choosing dental implant treatment, there is the matter of the dental crown, which will be visible when you smile. A crown replaces the tooth structure that lies above the gum line, situated onto the implant post. There are several types of dental crowns used in dentistry, but not all of them are right for every situation. The various materials that are available today offer a wide variety from which to choose. With decades of experience placing dental implants, Dr. Kent has extensive hands-on experience to help you choose the most suitable dental crown in your implant treatment.

The porcelain crown is quite popular amongst our Buffalo patients. This material is used in various dental treatments, including dental bridges and veneers. A porcelain crown can be made from one of several types of porcelain, which comes as a surprise to many people. Dr. Kent can discuss available options, including zirconia, alumina, and several others.

The type of porcelain crown that is most suitable for you will be based on several factors. For instance, people who grind or clench their teeth are best served by the strongest type of porcelain to top off dental implants. Replacement of a front tooth with a dental implant is another scenario in which the type of porcelain makes a difference, as opacity is the key to a natural appearance.

We want your new smile to look like you were born with it. Whether replacing a single tooth with a dental implant, or improving the comfort and security of dentures with several implants, Dr. Kent has the expertise to help you achieve your smile goals. Contact us for your visit at Smile Center today.

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