The Department of Dentistry addresses the dental needs of medically complex children and adolescents up to age 17 who live in the region. We provide high-quality, specialized dental care available only in the unique setting of a tertiary-level pediatric medical center.
The department’s professional staff has the expertise and the resources to render care to children referred from a variety of programs at Seattle Children’s Hospital. We’re most closely involved with the craniofacial, hematology/oncology, rheumatology, cardiology, rehabilitation medicine and neurodevelopmental programs. The Department of Dentistry actively pursues clinical research, most often in collaboration with tertiary-care programs at Children’s, to further knowledge about diagnostic and treatment techniques and ensure excellence in clinical care. The department participates in teaching future providers of pediatric medical and dental care through integration with teaching programs of the University of Washington; here, our primary goal is to ensure continued clinical excellence in the future care of children. The Department of Dentistry acts as a strong advocate for oral health on local, state and national levels. We believe good oral health is critical to the well-being of children in our society.