Pediatric Dentistry: Excellence in Children’s Oral Health Care


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The Department of Pediatric Dentistry provides Comprehensive training and care focused on children. The Department operates a general pediatric clinic, and a specialty pediatric clinic in conjunction with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. Faculty provides leadership in the field by conducting research and other scholarly activity. The mission of our two unique pediatric dental clinics reflects our belief that children deserve the best of oral health care. We offer a full spectrum of services for all children at every stage of their lives from infancy through adolescence including those with special and complex oral health needs, and patients with special developmental and behavioral care needs. Our clinics provide comprehensive oral health examinations, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, sealants, restorative procedures (fillings, crowns, etc.), extractions and minor surgical procedures, space-maintainers, athletic mouth guard, teeth whitening (for adolescents), interceptive orthodontic when applicable, and urgent care (trauma, infection, etc.). These services can be completed using inhalation sedation (Nitrous oxide), moderate sedation, and general anesthesia.

The Department has a diverse and rich clinical faculty that includes 6 full-time and 8 part-time clinical faculty members who are pediatric dentists. In addition to pediatric dentists, our faculty includes psychologists, behavioral scientists, a statistician, an epidemiologist, an orthodontist, and public health experts. Physicians and dental specialists from other departments also contribute to teaching in the program.

Giving Back to the Community –
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry holds an annual Give Kids a Smile Day event to serve kids in need of care – and have some fun! Children from Chicago area communities receive oral health education and screenings in Pediatric Dentistry clinics.

University of Chicago College of Dentistry
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry is a worldwide leader in clinical care that is patient-centered and evidence-based, with a foundation in preventive and public health sciences; integrated education programs based on advanced technology; and interdisciplinary, innovative research

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