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 CenterRheumatologyCardiologyRehabilitation 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.

To make an appointment or to contact the center or for questions about your bill, call 206-543-5800. See a map, driving directions and parking informationLearn more.

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

Paying for Care

Learn about paying for care at Seattle Children’s, including insurance coverage, billing and financial assistance.