Dental Medicine

St. Christopher’s Department of Dental Medicine treats infants, children and teens, including those with special needs. Treatment can be rendered either on an out- or in-patient basis.

When it comes to dental care, it’s essential to understand children’s unique needs. Our Department of Dental Medicine is staffed by pediatric dentists, periodontists and oral maxillofacial surgeons who have concentrated training and knowledge in treating children. They use advanced equipment, diagnosis and treatment methods while never losing sight of the need to educate and comfort patients and their families along the way.

Our comprehensive pediatric dental services include preventive and restorative dental care, patient education, oral maxillofacial surgery and periodontics for children and adolescents. Through conscious sedation and special operating room facilities, we are exceptionally equipped to treat patients with special needs, behavioral issues and medical problems that affect dental care. 

Pediatric dentistry begins with the newborn. As the infant develops, not only are the teeth evaluated, but also growth and development of oral structures are assessed. Parents are educated about preventive measures along with typical developmental issues. Young children that develop early childhood cavities may require having their dental procedures rendered 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. Preventive measures may include the placement of dental sealants, fluoride recommendations, tooth brushing instructions and guidance with respect to sports-related injuries.

Patients with complex medical backgrounds, including but not limited to cardiac, renal, cancer, bleeding disorders, sickle cell disease, mental or physical challenges may require their dental needs rendered in close consultation with their respective medical specialists in a hospital setting. Children with craniofacial anomalies may also be treated by one of our pediatric dentists.

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.

The Department of Dental Medicine is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with 24-hour, seven-day-a-week coverage for emergencies. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (215) 427-5065.

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.  To view a list of our specialists, click here.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (215) 427-5065.