The Center for Pediatric Dentistry provides care for children ages birth through 18 and children with special needs ages birth through 20. Services include preventive (examinations, cleanings, sealants); restorative (fillings, stainless-steel crowns); sedation and general anesthesia; and social work (to help arrange transportation and assist with financial aid).
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Academy of Pediatrics recommend every child see a dentist by age one. An examination and preventive care beginning at an early age will help develop good dental habits, which are important to a child’s overall health. Our faculty and staff are specially trained in working with children and their families in our friendly and supportive atmosphere. Children in the same family can be seen at the same time.
How a pediatric dentist treats tooth decay depends on what he or she finds. Fillings may be needed to repair mild decay. Severe decay may require a crown, root canal or removal of the tooth. Read more about tooth decay.
The Center for Pediatric Dentistry welcomes Dr. Mayumi Willgerodt, associate professor in the UW Department of Family and Child Nursing. She’s the UW’s first Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Faculty Scholar. Dr. Willgerodt will work closely with dental residents at The Center, focusing on addressing pediatric oral health disparities and building team-based models of care. Read more about Dr. Willgerodt’s scholar selection.
Families: Join our Research Team
The Center for Pediatric Dentistry invites any children to participate in a variety of research studies. Led by The Center’s Research Team, these studies test new treatments and appliances (for example, filling materials and pacifiers), some of which aren’t available to the general public. All studies take place during business hours at The Center. A child’s regular dental visit can be combined with study requirements. Families will receive compensation for their children’s participation. Learn more about joining a study.