We pride ourselves on our child friendly and approachable manner, treating children holistically and in their best interests.

We provide a comprehensive and therapeutic oral health care for children, including care for children who demonstrate intellectual, medical, physical, psychological and/or emotional problems.

Treatment is provided under local anaesthetic, sedation (reversible happy gas) and general anaesthetic. Surgical procedures and advanced restorative care of children with complex dental needs are carried out e.g. dental anomalies, cleft patients.

Emergency and long term treatment of children with trauma to the teeth and oral soft tissues is also provided.

Information for patients

We provide specialist oral healthcare for children from birth to 16 years old, who cannot manage routine dental treatment by their own dentist or the community dental services.

We provide services for children:

  • who demonstrate intellectual, medical, physical, psychological and/or emotional problems.
  • with dental trauma.
  • with dental anomalies, including those with cleft lip and or palate.
  • who have been referred from their dentist because they are too young or anxious for routine dental treatment.
  • who require emergency dental treatment.

Following referral, a qualified member of staff will assess your child’s individual treatment needs to determine if they are eligible for treatment.

If your child is accepted for treatment they may be placed on a waiting list or booked in for their first appointment. If your child is not accepted, you will be advised to return to your local dentist.

Depending on the type of treatment your child needs, they may be looked after by a number of different clinicians at different stages of their training.

Our paediatric services are offered at the The Royal London Dental Hospital on the first floor and at our Sir Ludwig Guttman Centre in Stratford.

Some children may need operations to carry out their dental treatment. Operations for children are conducted in our children’s hospital at The Royal London.

Childrens dental emergency clinic

Festive opening hours

Our Children's dental emergency clinic will be closed from the afternoon of 24 December 2021 and will reopen on 4 January 2022. For dental emergencies during this period please contact your own dentist or 111 for advice.

Children's dental emergency service

Please not attend the hospital in the first instance. Call 020 7377 7321, between the hours of 9:30am to 12:30pm.

In the first instance, we request that you contact us on the triage number above to be assessed by one of our dentists or dental nurses. We will not see any children without first having been through the telephone triage system. If you turn up having not made contact via the telephone, you will be turned away at the door.  

At all other times, the telephone will be switched off. If your child has a large facial swelling affecting the eye or the floor of the mouth please attend A&E. 

We hope that in this difficult time that you will bear with us as our aim is to keep our child patients, their parents/guardians and our own staff as safe as possible.

Project Tooth Fairy - what you need to know

Project Tooth Fairy is a new, dedicated surgical centre based at The Royal London Dental Hospital. The team at the centre will treat children and young people from across London who have been waiting a long time for operations to remove problem teeth or need multiple fillings.

If your child is identified as a suitable candidate to be treated as part of Project Tooth Fairy, you will be contacted by letter. This will tell you the time and date of your child’s appointment, which will take place in clinic 7 on the second floor of The Royal London Dental Hospital.

If you have any questions after receiving a letter, please speak to your usual dental team.

There's more information in the leaflet below, and this video gives you more information on where to go for your appointment. 

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