Laila Hishaw, DDS

Priya Y. Abramian, DDS

Board Certified Pediatric Dentists

5920 N. La Cholla Blvd.

Suite 110

Tucson, AZ 85741

(520) 544-4171


2810 N. Swan Rd.

Suite 140

Tucson, AZ 85712

(520) 881-2966


8265 S. Houghton Rd.

Suite 131

Tucson, AZ 85747

(520) 664-9000

Dentist, chidlren, toddlers, infants, tuscon, arizona

pedodontics /pe·do·don·tics/ (pe-do-don´tiks) the branch of dentistry dealing with the teeth and mouth conditions of children.

Pediatric dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health and unique needs of young people. After completing a four-year dental school curriculum, two to three additional years of rigorous training is required to become a pediatric dentist. This specialized program of study and hands-on experience prepares pediatric dentists to meet the unique needs of your infants, children and adolescents, including persons with special health care needs.

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Dr. Laila B. Hishaw Specializing in Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry

Dr. Laila Hishaw is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. She graduated from Pepperdine University, earning a B.S. in Sports Medicine. Dr. Hishaw studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry where she graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery with Honors in Pediatric Dentistry. Thereafter, Dr. Hishaw completed a two year residency specializing in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio, one of the most respected programs in the country.

Dr. Hishaw enjoys every opportunity to serve in her community to further the public’s education on children’s oral health. She has given presentations to area health professionals, as well as lectures and presentations across the country to her fellow colleagues. Dr. Hishaw’s area of expertise is tooth whitening in children. She has co-authored many research articles in professional dental journals worldwide on this subject. She was nationally recognized on Discovery Health Channel’s “Mystery Diagnosis” series where she was highlighted on her role in diagnosing a rare neurological disorder in one of her patients. Drs. Hishaw and Abramian are proud to be the only pediatric dentists in Tucson to be part of the Cleft Lip and Palate team working with the finest plastic surgeons. They are skilled in the PNAM appliance which has been shown to greatly reduce the number of surgeries required to repair cleft palates in infants.

Dr. Hishaw is credentialed with the medical staff at Tucson Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Arizona Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association and she plays an active role in the Southern Arizona Dental Society as a House Delegate. Dr. Hishaw has served as an Anesthesia Evaluator for the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. As an evaluator, she helped determine if dentists demonstrated the knowledge and experience required to safely sedate patients in their dental office.

Dr. Hishaw has enjoyed practicing pediatric dentistry and raising her family in Tucson since 2002. Dr. Hishaw and her husband are the proud parents of three children.

Dr. Priya Y. Abramian Dr. PriyaSpecializing in Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry

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Dr. Priya Abramian is a board certified pediatric dentist who received the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award for her score in the top 3% of the nation on her qualifying board certification exam. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin where she received a 4.0, graduating with a B.A. in Biology. She then graduated first in her dental class and obtained a Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston. Dr. Priya went on to obtain an advanced education certificate in General Practice Dentistry at a hospital based program in Fresno, California. During her General Practice Residency she became well experienced in treating special needs patients with a range of medical concerns. As with Dr. Hishaw, Dr. Priya completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio, one of the most respected programs in the United States.

Dr. Priya demonstrated a profound interest in research throughout her training years. Her research areas ranged from oral lesions found in HIV-infected children to access to health care for the underserved pediatric population. She obtained three training grants from the National Institute of Health to support her endeavors. Dr. Priya has received numerous awards and accolades for her research including first place in the National Caulk/Dentsply research competition held in Washington D.C. She has presented her research at various meetings across the nation including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Association of Dental Research, and the International Association of Dental Research.

Drs. Hishaw and Abramian are proud to be the only pediatric dentists in Tucson to be part of the Cleft Lip and Palate team working with the finest plastic surgeons. They are skilled in the PNAM appliance which has been shown to greatly reduce the number of surgeries required to repair cleft palates in infants.

Dr. Priya is currently credentialed with the medical staff at Tucson Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Arizona Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the Southern Arizona Dental Society. She currently serves on the medical advisory board of the Southern Arizona Celiac support organization.

Dr. Priya loves treating children and enjoys being a positive influence in the lives of our patients by teaching and practicing the gold standard of care in our practice. Dr. Priya and her husband are the proud parents of two boys.

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Dr. Hishaw and Dr. Priya, Practice Owners

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Dr. Hishaw and Dr. Priya welcome you to Tucson Smiles Pediatric Dentistry!