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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
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)
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.
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
or write to:
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
Department of Dentistry
7601 E. Imperial Hwy., Harriman Bldg., Rm 146
Downey, CA 90242
Page last updated January 4, 2012
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