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May 3, 2013

SickKids celebrates 100 years of happier smiles

By Hillete Warner

Dentistry is celebrating “A Century of Smiles” at SickKids with a gala for 220 alumni and other guests on May 3 at Arcadian Court.

Dentistry has much to celebrate. Over the past 100 years, the department has made enormous strides in helping children with medical conditions, disabilities and craniofacial differences get the dental treatment they need. The anniversary gala will celebrate these accomplishments and highlight how dentistry has evolved.

“Dentistry at 100 years and its contribution to the health of our kids is built on the vision and hard work of our past leaders, along with our medical and surgical partners and Sickkids Executive,” says Dr. Peter Judd, Dentist-in-Chief.

“Looking to the future, Dentistry will continue to grow as an integral component in children's health care at SickKids with this strong partnership and a growing understanding of the tight link between oral health and systemic health.”

SickKids is home to Canada’s largest dentistry department with divisions in paediatric dentistry and orthodontics, and sections in oral and maxillofacial surgery, prosthodontics and endodontics. Every year the department provides 15,000 patient visits and performs over 1,200 dental operations under general anaesthesia. Ninety-five per cent of these patients have other health issues.

The department has designed programs and devices that are changing children’s oral health around the world. Achievements include:

  • The first hospital-based dental program in North America to receive ISO 9902 certification.
  • Development of a non-invasive aspirometer for the chair-side identification of silent aspiration that has world and United States patents.
  • Canada’s only craniofacial orthodontic program and one of few in North America.
  • Development of a cost-effective extraction protocol in conjunction with Haematology, which uses Tisseel, a “fibrin glue,” that allows for effective management of severe bleeding disorders.
  • Development of a computer-based model of the upper jaw to study the biomechanics of facial trauma of maxilla.
  • Ontario’s “best practice” in operating room and waitlist management for its Provincial Wait Time Initiative and software program.
  • A large bank of research publications on the treatment of cleft lip/palate and craniofacial patients.  
  • Development of aldehyde-free children’s root canal techniques based on clinical research that has changed pulp therapy practice.
  • Development of protocols for the management of dental trauma that has since influenced the protocols of the International Association of Dental Traumatology.
  • Development of Oral Health-related Quality of Life (OHQOL) studies on cleft lip/palate and dental trauma.
  • Partnering with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in the creation of the Feeding Disorders Clinic at SickKids for the assessment and management of children who are at risk for aspirating while swallowing food/liquids.   
  • Development of the short-post anterior resin technique that allows for the functional and esthetic restoration of children’s front teeth that would otherwise have to be extracted.