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The IWK Dentistry Team serves children and youth under 16 who have special dental needs that cannot be met in the community. A referral from a family dentist or physician is required. 

How we help

The Department of Dentistry provides a full range of dental care within the outpatient clinic and operating rooms, in both pediatric dentistry and oral maxillofacial surgery, prosthodontics (restoration of and replacement of missing teeth), endodontics (root canal therapy), orthodontics (braces) and periodontics (treatment of gum and bone disease). 

We treat children and youth with significant medical conditions and dental care needs (i.e. children with cancer, heart disease or special needs), severe or rare dental conditions or genetic disorders, cleft palate-craniofacial anomalies, and acute trauma and emergencies.

To fully prepare for your child’s visit, please be sure to bring along: 

  • your child's health card
  • your appointment letter
  • a List of medications
  • any medications needed during your visit
  • name and telephone number of your referring physician and/or family physician
  • health insurance information
  • a list of questions you and/or your child may have for the physician. Also, remember to ask for any instructions from the doctor or letters of medical necessity that you may need for school our your child's family physicians/pediatrician.
  • books, games, snacks (peanut free), diapers, change of baby clothes, or other necessities.

Who you’ll meet

The IWK Dental Team is an interdisciplinary team consisting of:

Pediatric Dentists
They have specialized training in treating and managing oral health care in children.

Maxillofacial Surgeons
They're dental specialists who provide jaw and oral surgery to correct deformities or injuries of the jaws, face, and teeth.

They have specialized training in the application of corrective appliances (braces). 

Dental Assistants
They help the dentist in caring for your child. They may talk with you about your child’s medical history, take x-rays, assist with treatment, and provide teaching about healthy oral health habits.

Dental Booking Clerks/Receptionist
They are the first people you'll meet. You may speak with them for information about your child’s appointments and you'll register with them on arrival.

Clinical Leader
They’re responsible for the day-to-day management of the dental clinic. This person is a Registered Nurse and can assist you by discussing your child’s special needs and in making any special arrangements.

Accessing this Clinic, Program or Service

Link Building - IWK Health Centre

The Dentistry Clinic is on the 1st floor of the Link Building

5850/5980 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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