Sidney B. Finn Pediatric Dentistry Clinic
The Sidney B. Finn Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at the UAB School of Dentistry is located on the third floor as a separate clinic of the School of Dentistry. The clinic contains 16 modern operatories. Equipment for taking oral radiographs as well as other supportive equipment is available within the clinic. A well-equipped dental laboratory is located adjacent to the Pediatric Clinic and is used by the clinic personnel in the fabrication of preventive and interceptive orthodontic appliances, etc. Personnel include a clerk receptionist and chairside dental assistants.
The Children's Hospital is a 190 bed tertiary care facility housing a Pediatric Dentistry Clinic which provides comprehensive oral care for both ambulatory and in-house patients. An extensive population of medically compromised patients from the southeast region and healthy patients from the Birmingham area are treated in this facility which has complete radiographic capabilities and a laboratory. A well-equipped dental operating room for treating patients using general anesthesia is available. Clinical auxiliary personnel include a clinic receptionist, dental hygienist and chairside dental assistants. Children's Hospital Dental Clinic opened in 1992.
UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics
Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs
An early start for a healthy smile
Children with special needs require a lot of care and may need extra attention to maintain good oral hygiene. When dental care starts early and the child visits a pediatric dentist regularly, a customized care plan can be developed for preventative care and better quality of life. Make the difference in a child’s life by helping him or her maintain a healthy smile. Reference: Nowak A, Casamassimo P. The Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry, 4th ed. AAPD:2011.
Oral habits and orthodontics
Many children with special needs have some type of malocclusion, which can include crowded or misaligned teeth. Sucking on a pacifier, a thumb, or finders for years and constantly holding the mouth open to breathe can affect the shape of the mouth, size of the tongue, and position of the teeth. In these cases, itmay be more difficult to keep teeth clean, potentially leading to cavities and periodontal problems. Some children may have a habit of grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw, causing tooth abrasion, tooth fracture, and pain. Consult with a pediatric dentist to evaluate these cases and see if orthodontic evaluation will be required later.
Trauma is common in young children with or without special needs. If trauma to the mouth occurs (e.g., lacerations of the gums or lips, displaced or broken teeth, loss of a tooth), immediately call your dentist or the hospital emergency department.
The Sparks Center for Developmental and Learning Disorders
The Sparks Center for Developmental and Learning Disorders is concerned with the interdisciplinary evaluation and management of individuals with developmental and learning disabilities. Many children with special needs have some type of malocclusion, which can include crowded or misaligned teeth. Sucking on a pacifier, a thumb, or fingers for years and constantly holding the mouth open to breathe can affect the shape of the mouth, size of the tongue, and position of the teeth. In these cases, it may be more difficult to keep teeth clean, potentially leading to cavities and periodontal problems.
The clinic provides diagnostic craniofacial evaluations as well as comprehensive oral health care. In accordance with its interdisciplinary approach, the Sparks Center provides a dental clinic for its patients. Dental care is available for Sparks clients of all ages. It has two-well equipped operatories and is staffed by a dental hygienist/assistant.
UAB Pediatric Dentistry at Cahaba Valley
In addition to on-campus clinics, there are several community outreach clinics outside of UAB that our residents rotate to, including our new UAB Pediatric Dentistry at Cahaba Valley. These clinics, like the one at Cahaba Valley, provide dental care to children from low-income families where access is a concern.
UAB Pediatric Dentistry at Cahaba Valley is a four chair satellite clinic offering preventive and restorative pediatric dental care for Medicaid and All Kids recipients. The clinic opened in January of 2013 and currently operates one day each week. A team of pediatric dental residents, D3 and D4 dental students, support staff and Pediatric Dentistry department faculty provide comprehensive care at this clinic. The clinic is fully paperless, implementing an electronic dental record and digital radiography. UAB sublets the space from Cahaba Valley Health Care, a 501c3. Pediatric Dentistry @ Cahaba Valley; serving Medicaid and All Kids Recipients. Medplex Building on Valleydale. Appointments: (205) 975-1277.
Other facilities within the School of Dentistry and the various University of Alabama Hospitals and Clinics are available for use in special situations, as well.