Dental department

Who we are

PCH’s Dental Department provides preventive, restorative and orthodontic services for children and adolescents with chronic medical and dental problems that require the services of a tertiary hospital for specialist care and treatment. 

The department is also an integral part of the Cleft Lip and Palate Unit and the Craniofacial Unit.

Orthodontic treatment at PCH is only available to children who are covered by the Medicare Cleft Lip and Palate Scheme (external link).

Eligibility guidelines

As our Dental department provides specialised services, a written referral from a medical, dental or nursing practitioner is essential. Eligibility is determined and prioritised according to: 

  • The degree to which a child’s medical condition affects their dentofacial growth and development, or has contributed to their oral condition. 
  • The degree to which a child's medical condition would place them at risk if managed outside of the hospital.

Services we provide

Emergency Service

All children can access the 24 hour on-call emergency dental service, available through PCH’s Emergency Department for: 

  • Emergency pain relief
  • Traumatic orofacial injuries
  • Oral haemorrhage
  • Odontogenic infections. 
This service provides basic emergency treatment and will discharge children who are not eligible to receive treatment through PCH’s Dental Department for follow up and definitive treatment through an appropriate external service.


All new referrals should be in writing and directed to the Chairman, Dental Department. New referrals will be assessed against the eligibility guidelines and based on medical need. 

The Chairman will assess each referral and advise the referring clinic in writing if a referral is not accepted, with advice about alternative providers.


Inpatients: 24 hours seven days per week

Outpatients: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm


Dental outpatient clinics are located on the Ground Level in Clinic C.