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Dental Medicine

St. Christopher’s Dental Medicine treats infants, children, and teens, including those with special needs. Our office is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with 24/7 coverage for emergencies. To schedule an appointment, call (215) 427-5065. 

When it comes to dental care, it’s essential to understand children’s unique needs. St. Christopher’s Dental Medicine is staffed by pediatric dentists and oral maxillofacial surgeons who have concentrated training and knowledge in treating children. They use advanced equipment, diagnosis and treatment methods while being mindful to comfort patients and their families along the way to reduce anxiety.

Services

Our comprehensive pediatric dental services include:
  • Preventive care such as checkups, cleanings, x-rays, sealants, fluoride treatments
  • Restorative dental care for cavities and other issues 
  • Patient education
  • Oral maxillofacial surgery 
  • Conscious sedation and special operating room facilities to treat patients with special needs, behavioral issues and medical problems that affect dental care
  • Craniofacial anomalies such as cleft palate

For patients with complex medical backgrounds (such as cardiac, renal, cancer, bleeding disorders, sickle cell disease, mental or physical challenges), we can care for their dental needs in close consultation with their respective medical specialists in a hospital setting. 

Patient Education

Pediatric dentistry begins with the newborn. As the infant develops, teeth are evaluated, and growth and development of oral structures are assessed. Parents are taught about preventive measures and typical developmental issues. Young children that develop early childhood cavities may require having their dental procedures done with either sedation or general anesthesia to make the child as comfortable as possible.

As the child further develops, anticipatory guidance is directed to the developing occlusion, which is the alignment of upper and lower teeth. Preventive measures may include dental sealants, fluoride recommendations, tooth brushing instructions and guidance with respect to sports-related injuries.

Our Team

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has experts who are specially trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and pediatric patients. The team is led by Michael Suchar, DDS, Clinical Director, Department of Dental Medicine.  

Our pediatric dental residency program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation and has two board-certified pediatric dentists and two board-certified maxillofacial surgeons.
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