Overview As the largest provider of dental services on Long Island, Stony Brook is committed to giving the community access to state-of-the-art oral health care. At Stony Brook Children’s, we have made dentistry one of our 30 pediatric specialties because oral health is an important part of overall good health. In conjunction with the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine’s pediatric dentistry program and Dental Care Center, we provide comprehensive dental care including routine dental procedures, complex dental surgery, preventive measures and emergency care. In addition, because oral health is closely connected to preventing complications following many medical interventions, we screen and address dental problems before procedures such as heart surgery, transplant surgery, radiation therapy and cancer therapy are under taken. We are one of the few hospitals that can provide this service.
Stony Brook Children’s, in partnership with the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, is committed to providing a safety net for the children of Long Island. Our extensive outreach efforts include screening, education, and prevention at local schools and other locations where there is limited access to dental care. A new Mobile Dental Clinic extends our services to communities in need of oral health care. At our Dental Care Center, services are available at reasonable fees, and our twice yearly “Give Kids a Smile” and “Give Kids a Healthy Smile” free examination days reach large numbers of children in our community. Our acclaimed Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine is nationally recognized for its innovative teaching and research initiatives, patient care, excellent dental students, specialty training and fellowship programs.
For appointments at our Dental Care Center: (631) 632-8989
Hours: Monday through Friday: 8 am to 5 pm
Our Team The Stony Brook pediatric dentistry team provides compassionate patient-centered care for children. We have access to experts in every dental specialty at Stony Brook, which ensures that all children’s oral health needs can be met. This includes General and Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Care for the Developmentally Disabled, Dental Anesthesiology, Endodontics, Oral Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Implants and Prosthodontics.
Meet our dentists Stephanos Kyrkanides, DDS, MS, Ph.D. Professor & Chairman, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
Services State-of-the-Art Technology At Stony Brook Children’s, we have available state-of-the-art equipment, including digital radiography and Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CT). In addition, the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine was one of the first schools in the nation to implement an electronic health record which facilitates the coordination of care since all health providers have access to the same information from multiple locations including offsite.
Specialty Services The Dental Care Center, staffed by dental students, residents, fellows and faculty that offers reasonably priced services, including prevention, screenings, routine and complex dental procedures, and emergency treatment, to the community including:
Patient Resources Our primary mission is to increase access to oral health services for children on Long Island. We do this through extensive outreach at schools, Department of Health locations, homeless shelters, the Shinnecock Reservation, Head Start programs, and migrant worker locations. These communities rely on the School of Dental Medicine to deliver high quality patient care in an environment that is sensitive to the patient’s diverse needs. Twice a year, we hold events that provide free dental screenings for area children. “Give Kids a Smile,” in partnership with the American Dental Association, typically occurs in February during National Children’s Dental Health Month. Because demand is so high on Long Island, we created our own event in July called “Give Kids a Healthy Smile,” which offers the same free education and examinations. . In addition, we participate in global outreach efforts that serve remote or impoverished regions of the world. Currently, we sponsor national/international outreach programs to Chile, Kenya, Madagascar, and the Indian Health Center at Pine Ridge in South Dakota.
Research and Education As part of the mission of the academic medical institution, all of the pediatric departments at Stony Brook Children’s participate in the teaching of tomorrow's professionals and creating a pipeline of specialty physicians and dentists for the community. In addition, they are engaged in the search for new and better ways of preventing, diagnosing, managing patient care and treating disease, as well as a greater understanding of disease causes and mechanisms.
Education The Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine is among the elite research-intensive dental schools in the nation, being ranked 15th in 2009 among NIH/NIDCR-funded dental schools. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Education and the State Educational Department and is a component school of the Health Sciences at Stony Brook. The school incorporates the disciplines of prosthodontics, operative dentistry and dental materials into a single department of general dentistry. Other combined departments include orthodontics and pediatric dentistry, periodontology, endodontics and implant dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral biology and pathology, hospital dentistry and dental anesthesiology.
Research The School of Dental Medicine has one of the most acclaimed dental research programs in the country. We have a long tradition of translational research, with 58 patents and 26 patents-pending for novel oral health care products and anti-inflammatory drugs. This includes two FDA-approved drugs, one for periodontal (gum) disease (Periostat) and the other for a skin disorder rosacea (Oracea), a toothpaste licensed by Colgate to address dental sensitivity (Pro-Relief), and a mouthwash found in local supermarkets and drug stores for bad breath (Smart Mouth). We are currently leading the country in clinical trials of periodontal disease and diabetes and cardiovascular disease through our Patient Oriented Research Center. Our research programs center on host modulation, inflammation, mucosal immunity, epithelial-stem cell biology and psychosocial-behavioral factors in oral health. We are an integrated part of a broader research community at Stony Brook University with extensive research collaborations with the School of Medicine, Materials Science and Engineering, Dermatology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Public Health, Epidemiology, Psychology and Cardiology.
Advances and Recognitions The Department of Children’s Dentistry has recently undergone a name change to reflect its new interdisciplinary approach to education and patient treatment: It is now called the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Stephanos Kyrkanides is chair of the Department, Dr. Richard Faber is director of the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics, and Dr. Fred Ferguson is director of the Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry. Combining the specialties has enhanced interaction between faculty and residents, who are playing a major role on the cleft palate/craniofacial team at Stony Brook Medicine. Increased interaction between specialties has also led to the formation of the dentofacial deformities program, which has a team of orthodontists, oral maxillofacial surgeons, a periodontist, and a plastic surgeon, and sleep medicine physicians. The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry continues its mission of bringing comprehensive care to communities with poor access to oral health care. The Commission on Dental Accreditation granted the program permission to expand the entering class. Having extra residents enhances the program’s community-based access to care for schools, organizations and other programs. Expanded services will be provided via the Mobile Dental Clinic. The program will also provide continuing education to health professionals and develop initiatives to educate schools on the acute management of dental trauma and the importance of mouth protection in sports Dr. Rhona Sherwin, clinical associate professor of the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, serves as principal investigator on the School of Dental Medicine’s New York State preventive services grant. She also oversees SDM’s participation in “The Oral Health Status of Third Grade Children,” a joint effort of the Centers for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health. This national survey collects community-based data on children’s tooth decay and treatment needs. Dr. Sherwin and other Stony Brook dentists go to local schools to examine third graders, who are chosen for their mixed dentition — primary teeth plus six-year molars — and interview them about their diets and level of physical activity. Margaret E. Bakos, director of community services, was recently named to the board of directors of Long Island Head Start. She will serve on the Program and Education Committee. Long Island Business News has recognized Margaret Bakos along with Dr. Rhona Sherwin and two other SDM staff members as “Dental Heroes” for their work in creating outreach programs to the underserved communities of Long Island. They were recognized along with Dr. Patricia A. Lewis (posthumous), founding director of the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry and Carol A. Sloane, assistant dean for dental auxiliary education and director of clinical operations. Dr. Debra Cinotti, director of the General Practice Residency Program, created a program to provide dental screenings and oral hygiene education for athletes participating in Special Olympics games. Dr Cinotti is also the program coordinator for SDM’s Dental Care for the Developmentally Disabled program. Dr. Cinotti teaches dental students and residents how to provide care for patients with special needs, including cerebral palsy, autism, and Down’s syndrome. The behavior of persons with special needs often presents challenges to dental care. Often, dentists don’t feel they can handle these behavioral problems in a private setting. Dr. Barry Waldman, distinguished professor in the Department of General Dentistry, was recently recognized by the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry for his contributions in promoting and advancing oral health care to the special needs community.