Dentistry & Oral Surgery 

The Division of Pediatric Dentistry provides comprehensive and preventive oral healthcare for infants, children and teens and for patients with special needs. We treat approximately 5,000 pediatric patients each year, more than any other dental service in Illinois.

For more than 40 years, our division has focused on the care of patients who have medical conditions that prevent them from receiving care in the conventional private-practice dental setting. Our dentists have the training, experience and properly equipped facility (operating room) to safely provide general anesthesia or sedation for anxious children and kids with disabilities, even those whom other dental offices could not treat. We have many satisfied parents who are grateful that their child must no longer be forcibly held down to have their teeth cleaned.

We provide ongoing dental care or will create a dental care plan for your child to use with your community pediatric dentist. We also provide comprehensive oral healthcare for children being treated at Lurie Children’s. 


Our team includes: 

  • Pediatric dentists
  • Orthodontists for the cleft lip and palate/craniofacial team
  • Dental assistants

Our pediatric dentists (not dental hygienists) do the teeth cleaning and provide all oral healthcare.

To focus on your child’s total health, we also work with other medical specialties at Lurie Children’s, including:

The head of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Ray J. Jurado, DDS, is board certified in pediatric dentistry from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Jurado, who completed additional training in pediatric dentistry after graduating from dental school, has 20 years of experience in the field. Dr. Jurado is also Program Director of Pediatric Dentistry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


Lurie Children’s provides a child-centered environment and care that focuses on total health and prevention. Our pediatric dentists always provide the attention, time and compassion that your child deserves.

Our services include:

  • Infant oral healthcare
  • Oral healthcare for special-needs patients
  • Treatment of advanced, complex dental disease under general anesthesia
  • Restorative dentistry, including using white crowns on front (anterior) teeth
  • Dental emergency care
  • Referral for oral surgery when needed

We believe in family-centered care. Our team allows families to take part in their child’s dental experience, both in our dental office and as an active partner in planning the child’s oral healthcare.

We also provide patient and parent education about good oral hygiene and any needed treatments. Read a Parents magazine article that featured Dr. Jurado to learn more about foods that help or hurt oral health.

Our dentists also conduct cutting-edge research of dental materials, such as use of probiotics to prevent tooth decay, especially in children at high risk for cavities.

Through our partnership with the Feinberg School, we offer a two-year residency training program in pediatric dentistry. We also provide information about pediatric dentistry to community doctors and dentists.


Our pediatric dentists provide the full range of general dental services and treatment of complex dental problems, including:

  • Baby bottle tooth decay/nursing caries (early childhood caries)
  • Dental cavities (dental caries)
  • Extra teeth (supernumerary teeth, hyperdontia)
  • Dental infections (odontogenic infection)
  • Injury to the oral cavity
  • Malformed teeth

Make an Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.

Our faculty dentists are specialized in pediatric dentistry and cater to patients who are in need of gentle dental care, including children with special needs. For your convenience, our affiliated community pediatric dentists see patients in their own offices at many locations in the greater Chicago area. See the list of our specialists.


Our division has received private contributions to support orthodontic care for patients who cannot otherwise afford treatment, as well as to train future pediatric dentists.

Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.