The Division of Pediatric Dentistry provides comprehensive and preventive oral health care for infants, children, teens and patients with special needs. We treat more than 5,000 pediatric patients and complete approximately 1,000 dental surgery procedures each year. 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.

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 health care for children being treated at Lurie Children’s, including orthodontic services for qualifying patients. 

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 operate a sedation clinic for patients who require sedation during dental procedures. We have many satisfied families who are grateful that their child has found a dental home.


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 dental 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

Our oral and maxillofacial surgery services include:

  • Pediatric oral and maxiollofacial surgery
  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Corrective jaw surgery
  • Facial trauma​

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.

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.

Nationally-Ranked Care

Lurie Children’s continues to be the #1 children's hospital in Illinois and is ranked in 9 specialties by U.S. News & World Report.


Our team includes:

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

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 is also the Program Director of Pediatric Dentistry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Conditions We Treat

Learn more about the dental and oral/maxillofacial conditions we treat.

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Our Location

Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park

2515 N. Clark Street/467 W. Deming Place
Chicago, Illinois 60614-3393

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Dentistry News & Stories

Halloween Dental Tips for Keeping Mouths Healthy

Experts from our Dentistry team share tips for keeping children’s gums and teeth happy on this sugary holiday.

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What Are Dental Sealants? Our Pediatric Dental Experts Weigh In

Our dentistry team routinely places sealants on children’s permanent molars and, sometimes, even on baby molar teeth to prevent cavities. 

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Pediatric Heart Health: Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Dental Procedures

Doctors and dentists sometimes recommend children with certain heart conditions take antibiotics before dental procedures.

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Lurie Children’s Expertise in Surgical Care Recognized

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NAM Therapy Brightens Carter’s Smile

Kimberly and Bill received alarming news following a 20-week ultrasound for their first child: their son would be born with a bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate.

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Dentistry at Lurie Children’s: Providing Care and Comfort to Patients with Complex Needs

Riley’s family put a pause on the dental work he needed after he was diagnosed with synovial cell sarcoma. Read more.

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Training & Education

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 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.