Kenneth Kent, D.M.D. is the Prosthodontist at the Mansfield Dental Center and Director of Removable Prosthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. As a Prosthodontist, he has advanced specialty training in the restoration and replacement of teeth - making smiles look beautiful and function the way they should. His goal is to create optimal oral health, both in function and appearance using dental implants, dentures, veneers, crowns and teeth whitening.
Dr. Kent also has subspecialty training as a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist and Dental Oncologist, enabling him to rehabilitate patients with defects or disabilities that were present when born or developed due to disease or trauma. Dr. Kent restores form and function to children born without full development of ears, teeth, or palate who need his specialized care. He treats patients that have been in an accident, have had surgical removal of diseased tissues, or have a neuromuscular disorder from ALS or a stroke. He fabricates special prostheses to replace missing areas of bone or tissue and restore oral functions such as swallowing, speech, and chewing. He also makes synthetic replacements for face or body parts. He also designs special devices to position or shield facial structures during radiation therapy.
Dr. Kent uses the latest techniques and materials to care for his patients. He has pioneered the use of computer aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) in providing removable prosthodontic rehabilitation. Dr. Kent works cooperatively with ear, nose and throat surgeons, oral surgeons, general and specialty dentists, plastic surgeons, neurologists, radiation oncologists, speech pathologists, anaplastologists and allied health care specialists. His primary goal is to provide the best care possible tailored to improve the quality of life for each of his patients.
Dr. Kent has been on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and practicing Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthetics in the Delaware Valley since 1980. He was the Director of the Maxillofacial Reconstruction Center in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, the Maxillofacial Prosthodontist for the Edwin and Fannie Hall Center For Human Appearance, and Adjunct in the Department of Radiation Oncology all at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and staff in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Kent was also the Staff Maxillofacial Prosthodontist at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics, and prior Fellow of the American College of Medical Quality and Diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. Dr. Kent is active in professional and civic organizations, having served on the Board of Directors and as chair of committees for the American Cancer Society, the American College of Prosthodontics and the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. He was awarded the American College of Prosthodontists Distinguished Service Award for significant contributions and long-term service and support of the goals and objectives of the College, and substantive contributions to the specialty of Prosthodontics. He has served as reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association and the Journal of Head and Neck Surgery, and liaison editor for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. He has presented numerous national and international scientific presentations and published numerous scientific articles and textbook chapters.
Dr. Kent has coached youth soccer and baseball in Cherry Hill and announced many swim meets for the Old Orchard Swim Club. He and his wife coordinated the youth soccer activities with the Cherry Hill East Soccer Association for many years.
Dr. Kent graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1975, received his specialty training in Prosthodontics at Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry, Department of Prosthodontics in 1979 and completed a Fellowship at M. D. Anderson Cancer and Tumor Hospital, Department of Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology in 1980.