Children's Hospital Colorado
Dental Center
Dental Center

Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program

The Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado is a two-year, hospital-based program. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) until 2021.

A woman wearing a white lab coat looks inside a girl's mouth.

The core curriculum of the residency program includes all subject matters that are indispensable for the development of a competent pediatric dentist. They range from educational experiences that enhance critical and independent thinking to practical clinical skills, as well as accurate and effective communication with physicians, dental colleagues and parents.

The Pediatric Dental Center and Children's Colorado are the teaching sites for the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program. The Dental Center also houses the Healthy Smiles and the Cavity-Free-at-Three Clinics, both of which are sites for the clinical training of pre-doctoral dental students from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Faculty members, residents and pre-doctoral dental students serve more than 35,000 patients each year.

In December 2014, the program was reaccredited without reporting requirements after a site visit by the Commission on Dental Education (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA). The next accreditation will be in 2021. 

About the Dental Center

Our Dental Center staff, recognized on all levels as experts in pediatric dentistry, focuses on minimizing the emotional, physical and psychological barriers patients face when seeking routine oral healthcare services. 

  • Seven board-certified faculty members provide comprehensive specialty training to resident dentists, including pharmacological management of patients (nitrous oxide and moderate sedation), pediatric medicine, emergency care, diagnostic and restorative skills, NAM and interceptive orthodontics.
  • Our dentists focus on being the primary care providers for all children in the state of Colorado with oral healthcare needs, including those who are underserved or otherwise disadvantaged.
  • The Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program is one of only a handful of programs in an eight-state region making dental care for children with special healthcare needs (SHCN) a top priority. We have a weekly-dedicated SHCN clinic dedicated to providing specialized care for this patient population and enhance resident learning in this area.
  • Dental clinic staff routinely collaborates with other departments at Children's Colorado for treatment of patients’ medical comorbidities, including oncology and hematology, craniofacial anomalies, epidermolysis bullosa (EB), child health clinic, special care clinic, cardiology, feeding clinic and the emergency department.
  • Our dental specialists also perform evaluations and serve as a referral source for complex dental and craniofacial conditions.
  • Together with our pediatric dentistry community partners, our dental teams provide nearly 3,000 treatments under general anesthesia in the Children Colorado's Procedure Center, often in conjunction with other surgical services in order to better coordinate care and minimize costs to families.

The Dental Center is an integral part of the ambulatory care service of the hospital. The modern resident clinic has 14 operatories. They are embedded in a complete infrastructure that includes provider work areas, faculty stations and an adjoining administrative suite.

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Contact us

Residency Program: 720-777-4044

Clinic phone: 720-777-6788

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