• Specialized dentures and partial dentures
  • Root canal treatment
  • Gum treatment and surgery
  • Dental care for children
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Dentistry for People with Disabilities

Dentistry at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center has been treating patients with special needs for nearly 80 years. Our dentists are specifically trained in providing specialized dental treatment for people with physical or developmental disabilities, or those with chronic, severe medical problems.

The dental facility is designed and equipped to accommodate patients who are wheelchair users and unable to transfer to a dental chair or must receive dental care on a gurney. Patients who are unable to cooperate for dental treatment in the clinic setting can be treated with sedation or in the operating room with general anesthesia.

The dental clinic provides approximately 6,200 patient visits per year including approximately 1,200 pediatric visits. A complete range of dental services is available, including:

  • Preventive (cleaning & fluoride treatment)
  • Restorative (fillings & crowns)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (extractions & minor procedures)
  • Prosthodontics (dentures & partial dentures)
  • Maxillofacial Prosthodontics (specialized dentures & partial dentures)
  • Endodontics (root canal treatment)
  • Periodontics (gum treatment & surgery)
  • Pediatric Dentistry (children's dental care)

Specialized Training for Dental Professionals

Rancho has supported a Pediatric Dentistry Residency since 1969 and a General Practice Residency since 1980. Both programs emphasize clinical excellence in treating Rancho's unique patient population. Both programs are fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and the Department of Dentistry is accredited by the ADA Council on Accreditation of Hospital and Institutional Dental Services.

Continuing Education Courses

The Department of Dentistry sponsors quarterly continuing education courses. Speakers who are experts in their field are invited to give lectures on various dental specialties as well as on California law and OSHA standards.

For more information:

Terrie K. DeBord, DDS
Chairman, Department of Dentistry
Director, Residency Programs
Tel: (562) 401-7254 / Fax: (562) 401-7679
e-Mail: Dentistry@rancho.org

or write to:
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
Department of Dentistry
7601 E. Imperial Hwy., Harriman Bldg., Rm 146
Downey, CA 90242

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