About the Dental Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado
Dental care can be part of a child’s routine with regular checkups at the dentist, but it can also be a more serious concern. Dental disease is one of the most common reasons that children miss school, and it’s almost entirely preventable.
The Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Children's Hospital Colorado, which serves more than 35,000 infants, children and adolescents each year, focuses on providing an all-inclusive continuum of care while treating healthy and medically compromised children. Our board-certified experts in pediatric dentistry perform nearly 1,200 operative procedures each year. In addition to oral surgery, the dental center staff performs comprehensive oral healthcare evaluations and referrals for complex dental and craniofacial conditions.
Our 4,000 square-foot dental center happily accepts most insurance plans, Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus and uninsured patients. We often work in conjunction with other surgical services to better coordinate care and minimize costs to families.
Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s dental care?
There is a difference between dentists who treat children and our board-certified pediatric dentists. The dental experts at Children's Colorado spend all of their time working with children and young adults, providing the most positive experience possible while at the dentist. All of our dental residents have completed dental school and many are practicing, fully licensed dentists who have chosen to specialize in pediatric care.
We understand that kids are not just small adults, and it’s important that they have a dental experience designed for kids– one that is not scary and as pain-free as possible.
- Our dental center is comfortable for kids with kid-sized equipment, lots of games and books and dentists who know how to communicate with nervous young patients.
- Kids have short attention spans, so our dental staff is efficient at what they do in order to maximize time with each child.
- For more serious dental care, including anesthesia and surgery, you are in good hands with experts skilled in how these procedures can affect smaller bodies.
- We offer specialized care for toddlers, children with baby and teeth and kids with special needs in our pediatric dental center, while our Healthy Smiles Clinic provides exclusive treatment for school-aged kids and adolescents up to 18 years of age.
- Education and prevention are essential to our mission– we help parents and kids establish healthy routines which can prevent the need for future dental work.
Dental conditions we treat
- Early childhood caries (cavities)
- Periodontal disease
- Dental growth and development problems
- Significant underlying medical disorders
- Oro-facial traumatic injuries
- Cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies
- Oral habits that negatively affect proper growth of teeth
- Other special healthcare needs
Comprehensive dental services and emergency care
To provide the most comprehensive and highest quality care possible, we offer the following services in our dental center:
- Infant oral health exams
- Oral health consultations
- Preventive treatments, including sealants, fluoride varnish applications and oral hygiene instructions
- Contemporary restorative care options
- Limited oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Laser treatments
- Early (phase 1) orthodontics
- Comprehensive oral rehabilitation under general anesthesia
- Sedation for mildly anxious and fearful children
- Oral protection for sports (mouth guards)
- Tooth bleaching
- Consultation with other medical specialties
Emergency dental care
Walk-in emergency care is available at specific times during the week (call 720-777-6788). We will triage emergencies and take the most severe or significant first. Only toothaches with swelling and/or bleeding, as well as physical trauma to the teeth and/or face are considered dental emergencies. Any other condition or situation (e.g. minor toothache, broken or lost fillings) is not considered an emergency and requires a scheduled appointment.
After-hours dental emergency services are provided seven days a week, 365 days a year through the Emergency Department at Children’s Colorado.