Dentistry is the care and treatment of the teeth, mouth and related body parts, such as the jaw. Our Dentistry Program provides a range of dental services from routine preventative care to specialized care for children and teens with complex medical conditions, developmental delays and behavioral problems, including those who cannot be treated elsewhere. To coordinate your child's care and provide the most complete service available, our team of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons and speech pathologists works closely with experts in the Craniofacial Center, the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Rheumatology, Cardiology, Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurodevelopmental.
We are very experienced in treating dental emergencies and jaw injuries, and have a dentist on call to care for children who come to Seattle Children's Emergency Department with dental injuries or other problems that need treatment right away. We are leaders in managing care for children who have cleft palate and other differences in the bones of the face and skull (craniofacial deformities).
Seattle Children's Department of Dentistry Has Two Locations
Odessa Brown Children's Clinic
Our Dental Clinic offers primary exams and treatment for children ages 12 months to 15 years. Read more.
The Dental Clinic at Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle Children's Dental Clinic on the main hospital campus in Seattle sees patients based on a referral. It sees patients from Seattle Children's Craniofacial, Autism, Hematology/Oncology and Transplant clinics. It also sees urgent cases from Seattle Children's Emergency Department. Our Main Campus clinic sees children birth to 16 years of age, unless the patient is referred internally by one of our other services. The clinic is on level 6, Ocean zone. If you are scheduled for a visit, see maps and directions to the main campus.
Partner Program: University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry at Magnuson Park
Seattle Children's Dental Clinic sees patients who need care in a hospital setting or who are treated by our craniofacial team. To expand oral healthcare options for our patients who don’t need dental services in a hospital, we partner with the University of Washington at the Center for Pediatric Dentistry.
We refer patients to the center for services we do not provide. For example, we may perform jaw surgery on a patient from our Craniofacial Clinic, but they need a tooth pulled first, so we send them to the center to do that before we perform the surgery.
Operated by the University of Washington School of Dentistry, the center cares for children from birth through age 18 and up to age 21 for patients with special needs. Dental services include care like comprehensive dental care, interceptive orthodontics, third molar extraction and root canal treatment.
Seattle Children’s refers patients to the center but does not operate it, so Seattle Children’s financial assistance is not accepted at the center. Billing also is separate, so you will receive a bill from the center for any dental services your child has there.
Conditions We Treat
We see children with many conditions, including:
Many different disorders cause sores in the mouth, from common canker sores to less familiar conditions, such as hand, foot and mouth disease (coxsackievirus). Tumors are lumps that form when cells divide in an uncontrolled way. While they can be cancerous (malignant), many found in the mouths and jaws of children are not cancer (benign).
Our team treats children with tooth decay who have complex medical conditions, developmental delays or behavioral problems and can't be treated elsewhere.
Some dental emergencies, such as broken teeth, may be the result of accidents. Others, such as swelling in the face or infections in the mouth, face or jaw (dental abscesses), can get worse over time until they become an emergency. All of these dental problems need treatment right away. We have a dentist on call to care for children who come to Children's Emergency Department.
Services We Offer
Our Dental Clinic offers primary exams and treatment for children ages 12 months to 15 years. Our team of dentists, many with special training in working with children, provides check-ups, sealants, fillings and other care for your child's teeth and mouth. We also offer exams for children in Head Start programs.
Healthy teeth are very important for children who have craniofacial conditions. This is because the teeth support orthodontic devices that can improve jaw position and the results of reconstructive surgery.
There are many conditions in which a child's mouth or lower part of the face doesn't grow properly. These are called oral and maxillofacial conditions. These conditions can affect the way your child breathes, eats, sleeps, talks and looks. Some, including cleft lip and palate, can be treated with surgery.
Speech prosthetics are devices that replace missing parts of the mouth or jaw, and can help children speak more easily and clearly.
Children who have severe anxiety, complex medical issues or other conditions that make it hard for them to cooperate may need medicine to put them to sleep (general anesthesia) during dental care, especially if they need lots of treatment.