The Division of Dentistry at Nationwide Children's is dedicated to providing comprehensive and therapeutic oral health care for pediatric patients from infancy through adolescence. From managing children with special oral health needs to working as part of a broader health care team to provide specialized care for patients with complex behavioral, social and medical conditions, our expertise and research improves outcomes for our patients.
In addition to routine dental treatment, our services include urgent care for symptomatic orodental conditions such as traumatic injuries to the dentoalveolar complex, tooth-related infections and painful oral lesions. Our dentists and other specialists also diagnose and manage lesions and disorders of the oral mucosa, teeth and jaws, along with a wide variety of other conditions. Besides pediatric dentists, experts in the fields of oral and maxillofacial pathology, orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics and public health provide a level of care for medically complex children that sets the standard nationally. In order to help the child through the dental procedures and ensure the best outcomes, we use a variety of behavior guidance techniques ranging from positive reinforcement and storytelling to sedative medications and general anesthesia. Our goal is to treat every child safely, comfortably and with compassion, using age-appropriate methods.
By partnering with researchers across the hospital — especially in The Research Institute — and at The Ohio State University, dentists at Nationwide Children's are improving outcomes for patients everywhere. As leaders in the field of regenerative endodontics, the dental trauma team is helping more children save their permanent teeth after accidents or injuries. Additionally, our dentists are studying the development of the microbiome in children. By understanding the impact of the oral microbiome on the overall health and development of children, we can develop interventions to prepare children for a lifetime of health and wellness.
Our Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program, in partnership with The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and directed by Homa Amini, DDS, MPH, MS, attracts more than 200 applicants every year. It is this strong relationship with a highly respected dental school and the solid commitment of Nationwide Children’s to improve oral health outcomes in the community that sets us apart from other hospital programs. The faculty provide an excellent balance between didactic knowledge and clinical experience in all areas of pediatric dentistry. It is one of only a few pediatric dentistry programs in the United States that require the completion of scholarly activities and research, leading to a Master of Science degree from The Ohio State University. Residents also receive extensive clinical training in handling traumatic injuries to the teeth and jaws of children.
In 2017, the new dental clinic at the Livingston Ambulatory Center will open, providing a significant increase in treatment space, specially designed operating rooms, new imaging equipment and opportunities for greater community outreach and clinical research.