Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Dentistry – Paediatric Dental Unit

Dentistry – Paediatric Dental Unit

The Paediatric (children's) Dental Unit provides a wide range of dental services for eligible children including:

WCH page link iconongoing dental assessment and treatment for children with dental needs requiring
     management in a hospital environment

WCH page link icondental care for children under general anaesthetic

WCH page link iconemergency after hours dental treatment.

The Unit runs daily outpatient clinics and daily theatre lists. Phone advice is available when possible. 

Dental Staff work collaboratively with the SA School Dental Service (SADS), the University of Adelaide and private dental practitioners.

The Unit is involved in teaching dentistry, with lectures to nursing, medical, dental undergraduate and postgraduate students in clinics, operating theatre sessions and research.

How to access the service

Appointments are by referral only from medical or dental practitioners addressed to the Dental Unit Head.

For appointments contact the Paediatric Dental Unit receptionist phone (08) 8161 7379 between 9am and 4pm weekdays.

The cost of dental treatment is not covered by Medicare.  Charges may apply for some treatments.

The School Dental Service offers dental services for all children under 18 years who live or go to school in South Australia. Call your local clinic to make an appointment for your child or submit your details using the WCH page link iconappointment request form where we will phone you to make an appointment.  For more information, see WCH page link iconWho can attend SA Dental Service clinics or call the general enquiries number on 1300 008 222.

Information for Families

WCH page link iconDay Surgery – admission information for children booked for dental day surgery
    under general anaesthesia.

WCH page link iconDental and Oral Surgery – postoperative discharge information to help care
    for your child after dental/oral surgery

WCH page link icon'Stop the Rot' – preventing nursing bottle tooth decay

WCH page link iconA Child's Smile is Precious – tips for healthy teeth

Research Activity

Current research projects include:

  • Single midline incisors and their relation to midline defects
  • Dental morphology in patients with craniosynostosis and/or cleft lip and palate
  • Dental health of mothers of preterm babies
  • Risk factors associated with gross caries in our under five year old patients.

For Professionals

Protocol for assessment and management of paediatric oncology patients

PDF iconPart 1 - Screening and preventative practices for children undergoing oncology therapy (636kb)

PDF iconPart 2 - Provision of dental treatment in children undergoing oncology therapy (401kb)

PDF iconPart 3 - Prevention and management of acute oral complications in children undergoing oncology therapy (531kb)

PDF iconPart 4 - Screening and preventative practices for survivors of childhood cancer; an oral health perspective (508kb)


Clinic: 8.30am – 4pm, Monday to Friday
General Business: 8.30am – 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Contact Information


1st Floor, Good Friday Building

Mailing Address

Paediatric Dental Unit
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006


Ph (08) 8161 7379
After hours: (08) 8161 7000 (switchboard)
Fax (08) 8161 7880

WCH page link iconBack to Division of Paediatric Surgery

last modified: 02 Aug 2019