Dental services

Our children’s dentistry department is based at St Thomas’ Hospital.

We are a regional centre for children and young people who need specialist oral healthcare.

Outpatient treatment clinics (local anaesthetic, inhalation and intravenous sedation) are for children with dental trauma, dental defects and oral mucosal diseases.

Children with complex medical problems are seen on the request of their doctor or community dentist, and dental care is shared with their local team.

We provide dental care under general anaesthetic.

A limited emergency service is provided for new dental trauma or facial swelling from a tooth abscess. We do not accept walk-in patients to our emergency dental services.

If your child has just injured their teeth or has a facial swelling, please call NHS 111. A dental nurse will assess your child over the phone and, if appropriate, book an appointment for them.

Please be aware that there will be limited appointments each day and in most circumstances your child will be given an appointment in a dental practice.

Conditions treated

We treat children with:

  • complex medical problems
  • soft tissue conditions (for example problems with the lips, gums, cheeks or tongue)
  • special needs
  • dental anomalies (such as altered tooth structure, shape, size, form and number of teeth)
  • complex dental injuries
  • periodontal (gum) problems
  • extensive tooth surface loss (for example, erosion)
  • extensive tooth decay in very young children
  • phobias (where other treatment attempts have failed)

We also treat children who need:

  • surgical removal of teeth that have failed to come through ('erupt')
  • investigation of disorders of tooth eruption and loss

Our clinics

We work closely with other dental specialities and healthcare professionals in our dental clinics.

For information about our adult dental services, please see the Guy's and St Thomas' website.

Contact us

New appointments and follow-up appointments: 020 7188 8006

General enquiries: 020 7188 7188 ext. 54359

How to find us

Department of Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics
Dental Centre
Ground floor, South Wing
St Thomas’ Hospital
Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 9EH

Map of Ground Floor, South Wing (PDF 138Kb)