Pediatric Dental Care
Our general dentists and pediatric specialists use a compassionate and comprehensive approach to provide preventive oral health care, backed by the latest in pediatric research.
Our Pediatric Dentistry clinics offer a full spectrum of services for children at every stage of their lives from infancy through adolescence (under age 17) including those with special and complex oral health needs, and patients with special developmental and behavioral care needs.
Our general dentists and pediatric specialists provide comprehensive oral health examinations, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, sealants, restorative procedures (fillings, crowns, etc.), extractions and minor surgical procedures, space-maintainers, athletic mouth guard, teeth whitening (for adolescents), interceptive orthodontic when applicable, and urgent care (Trauma, infection, etc.). These services can be completed using inhalation sedation (Nitrous oxide), moderate sedation, and general anesthesia.
Developmental disabilities affect the mind, the body and the skills people use in everyday life. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) often need extra help to achieve and maintain good oral health. And they are particularly at-risk for oral health issues such as severe tooth decay and periodontal disease. Poor communication skills, lack of manual dexterity, fear, uncontrolled movements, and other physical, emotional or behavioral factors can make it difficult for them to maintain proper oral hygiene.
UIC dentists are prepared to provide oral health care for babies, children and adolescents, including those with special needs and complex health issues.
Given the unique physical and social needs of an individual with a disability such as cerebral palsy or autism, providing dental care requires extra preparation and training. This is why our faculty, residents and student dentists at UIC College of Dentistry receive specialized training necessary to provide oral health care to intellectual and developmental disabled patients. Part of this training includes visits to area health centers and agencies that specialize in serving these needs.
Stories written especially for your child who has autism or sensory issues, to help get ready for a visit to our pediatric dentists.
- My Visit to the Dentist for a Routine Exam (English)
- Mi Visita al Dentista Para un Examen Runtinario (Español)
We understand that when we see your child, we are not just treating a set of teeth. We know that providing the best pediatric dental care means getting to know our patient as a person and partnering with parents and caregivers. In our new Dental CASA Program we focus on helping you deal with the challenges that you may face getting the appropriate care for your child. You may need support to help your child feel more comfortable during appointments, or with getting here consistently so you can follow through with her treatment. If you need help with concrete needs we provide information or referral; if you have additional health care needs we can help to connect you to other providers. We work with your dental care team to provide support and resources, meeting you right where you are, while taking the time to understand your unique situation and strengths.
To learn more about the CASA Program, our team, and to find useful information right now, click on the links below to access our brochures in English and in Spanish:
Tooth decay is the #1 chronic infection disease affecting children in the US.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is the national membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. AAPD provides patient educational resources based on the latest evidence-based information so you are better informed to prevent tooth decay and have a healthy smile.
The Department of Pediatric Dentistry has over 20 highly trained specialists who focus on treating children. We offer a full spectrum of oral health services for all children at every stage of their lives from infancy through adolescence including those with special and complex oral health needs, and patients with special developmental and behavioral care needs.