Referrals and community resources
How to make a referral | Eligibility criteria for SickKids | Ontario Cleft Lip & Palate Craniofacial Dental Program | Alternate sites for dental care | Community Paediatric Dentists | Community Othodontists
A dentist, physician or surgeon must refer non-emergent patients in writing to the dental clinics. Only online referrals are accepted. Learn how to refer a patient to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Dentistry.
Please ensure that we have all available current radiographs at the time of the initial consultation.
The professional fees of the Department of Dentistry at SickKids are consistent with community dental specialists.
All referrals are screened and triaged according to urgency. Referrals that are incomplete or do not meet the eligibility criteria will be returned to the referring clinician within two business days. If the child is eligible, referring clinicians and families will both be notified of an appointment date within 10 business days. The first appointment is always a treatment planning consultation.
- For Paediatric Dentistry
- For Orthodontics
- For Paediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- For Prosthodontics
- For Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Symptoms
- For Cleft Lip and Palate/Craniofacial Dental Program
- For Alternate sites for dental care
Eligibility for Paediatric Dentistry
This is for:
- patients with a significantly compromising medical condition such as cancer, organ transplant, complex heart disease, cleft lip and/or palate, craniofacial anomaly or physical disabilities.
- patients with medically diagnosed behaviour management issues, such as developmental delay or autism.
- patients who are active patients at SickKids and are referred by SickKids clinicians.
- patients who are healthy children under the age of three years with severe early childhood caries.
- emergency patients.
The Department of Dentistry provides complete dental care for eligible children until the age of 18 years. Healthy children under the age of three years with severe caries will be assessed, treated and referred back to community dentists for continuing care. Options for dental care include treatment awake in the presence of a parent/caregiver, general anesthesia and conscious sedation.
SickKids is a university-affiliated teaching facility. A dental resident, fellow or graduate (specialty) student under the direct supervision of a University of Toronto appointed staff Paediatric Dentist would likely be the treating clinician.
Eligibility for Orthodontics
This is for patients under the age of 18 with:
- cleft lip and/or palate
- craniofacial anomalies
- significantly compromising medical condition
- a medical diagnosis of behaviour management problems
Ongoing care requires the child to be cooperative and compliant with the demands of treatment.
The Hospital for Sick Children is a university-affiliated teaching facility. A fellow or graduate (specialty) student under the direct supervision of a University of Toronto appointed staff Orthodontist would likely be the treating clinician.
Eligibility for Paediatric Maxillofacial Surgery
This is for patients under the age of 18 years who require oral surgery.
Treatment options for oral surgery include treatment awake, general anesthesia, oral sedation and nitrous oxide. Referrals may be addressed to the Paediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery section. SickKids is a university-affiliated teaching facility. An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical fellow or resident under the under the direct supervision of a University of Toronto appointed staff Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon would likely be the treating clinician.
Eligibility for Prosthodontics
This is for patients under the age of 18 years who require prosthodontic treatment.
Treatment options for Prosthodontics include treatment awake or under general anesthesia. Referrals may be addressed to the Prosthodontics section. SickKids is a university-affiliated teaching facility. A dental resident, fellow or graduate (specialty) student under the direct supervision of a University of Toronto appointed staff Prosthodontist may be the treating clinician.
For Patients with Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Symptoms
This is for patients with a:
- medical diagnosis of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) Patients with joint pain in TMJ and additional sites should be referred to a rheumatologist for assessment prior to referral to Dentistry.
- history of severe jaw fracture or severe facial trauma.
Pre-visit requirements include:
- a report of assessment by a rheumatologist.
- a detailed description of the nature of severe facial trauma including date of injury, treatment, description of symptoms, date of onset of symptoms.
- current radiographs, if available.
Healthy patients over 17 years of age and/or do not have a history of severe facial trauma or JIA are not eligible for treatment in the Department of Dentistry
This provincial program, with centres throughout the province, is designed to provide financial assistance for parents of children with facial differences and a number of specific dental abnormalities. SickKids is a designated centre and specific information on this program is available at the Ontario Cleft Lip and Palate / Craniofacial Dental Program.
Dr. Peter Judd - Dental Director, Phone: 416-813-6008
Dr. Michael Casas - Dental Director, Phone: 416-813-6018
Phone: 416-813-5882 Fax: 416-813-6375
Cleft Lip and Palate/Craniofacial Dental Program
The Hospital for Sick Children - Department of Dentistry
555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X8
HBRH has dental facilities to treat children and adults with disabilities, special needs and eligible medical conditions.
Address: 150 Kilgour Road, Toronto, Ontario M4G1R8
Phone: 416-425-6220 or 1-800-363-2440 Fax: 416-424-3839
Adult dental care facilities in hospital setting for eligible patients. Mount Sinai has provisions for general anesthesia.
Address: 600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5
Phone: 416-586-5147 Fax: 416-586-8632
Provides dental care in paediatrics, orthodontics and other dental specialties. The University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry Surgicentre provides dental care for healthy children under deep sedation or general anesthesia. The Surgicentre accepts children who are covered by any government-sponsored plan, private insurance and/or personal payment.
Address: 124 Edward St., Toronto, Ontario M5G 1G6
Children's Clinic Phone: 416-979-4925 Ext. 4319
Public Health Dental Program
Provides government-subsidized or low cost dental care at various clinics.
For listings of paediatric dentists in the community contact:
Toronto area - The Toronto Academy of Dentistry - 416-967-5649
Other areas of Ontario - Ontario Dental Association - 416-922-3900
For listings of orthodontists in the community contact:
Ontario Association of Orthodontists at 416-491-3186 or 1-877-226-8800