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Dentistry
Dentistry

Welcome to the Department of Dentistry

CHIEF'S MESSAGE

Welcome to the Department of Dentistry.  The Department of Dentistry has a reputation of excellence in the delivery of integrated care at a secondary, tertiary and quaternary level of acute care. We treat children and adolescents from across Ontario, Canada and the world. 

Oral health is tightly linked with systemic health and therefore the two should never be viewed independently.  The mouth has been described as the window on general health and therefore, Dentistry plays a strategic role in the improvement of health in our patient population at SickKids. The Department provides care collaboratively with other departments and divisions at SickKids, offering a full range of modern specialty services as well as innovative treatment in both the ambulatory and operating room settings.  

Our team’s commitment to excellence in improving children’s oral and systemic health through improved access to care, innovation, research and education is recognized nationally and internationally.  Thank you for visiting our website, and please click on our other links to learn more about Dentistry at SickKids - Who we are, What we do,  Education and training and more.

Dr. Peter Judd, Chief of the Department of Dentistry

 

OVERVIEW

The integrated specialist dental care provided by the Department of Dentistry is a unique and vital service that cannot be provided in the community. The department provides a full range of modern dental specialty services as well as innovative treatment in both the ambulatory and operating room settings to children and adolescents less than 18 years whose treatment is best managed in a multidisciplinary hospital environment. 

Dentistry sees approximately 15,500 patient clinic visits annually, with over 90 per cent having a medical comorbidity. The small number of children treated without a comorbidity are those children with severe early childhood caries, referred before their third birthday, who require extensive dental treatment for which general anesthesia is indicated. Close to 1,200 dental patients are treated in the OR as well as approximately 400 after-hours emergency patients treated in the Emergency Department, annually.

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