Our children's dental service runs and takes part in a number of clinics for children with dental problems who require the expertise of more than one dental specialist.
Below are the clinics we have available.
Hypodontia clinic (missing permanent teeth)
This weekly clinic plans the dental care for children and adults with developmental absence of permanent teeth (hypodontia).
A team of children's dentists, orthodontists, restorative dentists and oral surgeons provide treatment planning and advice for patients with hypodontia.
We aim to provide them the best possible appearance.
Combined clinic of children's dentistry and orthodontics
The joint clinic serves to manage patients who have both dental and orthodontic needs.
The clinic is run by both consultants in children’s dentistry and orthodontists and operates on a bimonthly basis at the dental centre at St Thomas' Hospital or Guy’s Hospital.
The patients seen have a variety of conditions where both children's dental and orthodontic management is required. For example:
- delayed tooth growth (eg tooth eruption)
- extra teeth
- conditions affecting the enamel of the teeth which can make orthodontics more complex to undertake.
Combined clinic of children's dentistry and oral medicine
The clinic is run by consultants in children’s dentistry and oral medicine and it operates on a bimonthly basis at the dental centre at St Thomas’ Hospital.
The children referred to this clinic may have the following:
- soft tissue conditions (such as problems with the gums, lips, cheeks or tongue)
- saliva gland conditions
- bone or tooth disorders.
While some of the problems may be limited to the head and neck, others may be connected with medical conditions.
Dental genetics clinic
This specialist clinic runs approximately four times a year, and includes a clinical geneticist, a dentist and an orthodontist.
Children and young adults with undiagnosed conditions involving the teeth, mouth, face and elsewhere are seen with a view to finding an underlying diagnosis.
A particular group of patients seen are those with skeletal disorders which also affect the teeth.
Treatment planning for developmental dental disorders is also given where needed.
Dental anomalies clinic
This is a monthly clinic for children and adolescents with rare inherited conditions of the structure of teeth (eg enamel or dentine).
The clinic is run by consultants in children’s dentistry and restorative dentistry at the dental centre at St Thomas’ Hospital.
The patients seen have a variety of conditions such as:
- amelogenesis imperfecta
- dentinogenesis imperfecta