Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – children's dentistry
From Wednesday 18 March 2020, we will not be able to provide any routine dental treatment for children. All booked appointments for dental treatment under general anaesthesia (operations) have been cancelled until further notice. If your child has a booked operation date for dental treatment, you should have been contacted to cancel this appointment. We will be in touch once we are able to recommence routine dental treatment.
Find out more about children's dentistry at this time.
Our children’s dental department is based at St Thomas’ Hospital, having moved from Guy's Hospital in October 2014.
We are a regional centre for children and young people who need specialist dental and oral healthcare.
We provide an A&E service for dental emergencies as a well as a full range of outpatient and treatment clinics (local anaesthetic, inhalation and intravenous sedation).
We also carry out dental care for day-cases and in-patients under general anaesthetic.
We treat children with:
- complex medical problems
- soft tissue conditions (eg 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 (eg 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.
We work closely with other dental specialities and healthcare professionals in our multidisciplinary clinics. See the dental clinics page for more information.
For information about our adult dental services, please see the main Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust website.