Paediatrics

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

An emergency 'walk in' service is available to provide relief of acute pain, swelling or post-dental trauma.

Children registered with a dentist should seek care from their local dentist in the first instance. Referrals must be made via community dental services. 

The paediatric dental emergency clinic is on the first floor and opens at 8.30am Monday - Friday. Undergraduate and postgraduate students may both examine and treat patients on the emergency clinic.