Attention!!!

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.
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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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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!