Childhood Medical Conditions
Parental involvement in treatment is important to us, our team are here to work with you.
Conditions we tend to consider as adult also occur in childhood. Oral cysts and tumours are an example, around 10% appear in children under 15.
They are generally on the tongue, or jaw, the latter a common area for other pre adult issues. Abnormalities in the jaw are increasing, partly from an evolutionary trait which is reducing the size of our mouth.
This can lead to bite issues, or damage to children’s jaw joints, temporomandibular joint disorder is again not just an adult condition.
Dentition can be altered by a range of factors, such as missing, malformed, or unwanted teeth. Primary teeth can stay longer than they should, others be delayed, malocclusion (an irregular tooth profile) is not unusual.
Infections can occur, in the jaw, or surrounding tissues, growths come in parts of the head, or neck. A number of conditions can be part of childhood, understanding them on an individual basis is the key step.Book an Appointment
Diagnosis / Assessment
Many oral conditions originate from dental disorders and this may be the case for children, although there is more at work. Undiagnosed, or delayed developmental issues can be a cause.
There are recognised congenital anomalies, such as Treacher Collins, Crouzon. or Apert syndromes. For most children, craniofacial differences are as subtle and varied as they are, an aspect of their unique genome.
A maxillofacial specialist needs to appreciate the precise make up of the child they are supporting. Common conditions may not all have the same origin, complex conditions require careful analysis.
Trust is a factor in good diagnosis and we ensure consulation at our London clinic goes beyond treatment planning. Information and decisions are shared, time is given, belief is built in our young patient,
These aspects add to the use of modern imaging techniques and your consultant’s knowledge, to define the real origin of a problem and the best path for the future of each patient.
Treatment At Our Clinic
We provide a range of specialists in house, including an orthodontist where helpful. Initial consultation and treatment in most cases will be from a leading maxillofacial consultant, with experience in paediatric treatment.
Where surgical intervention is required, this can often be in our day care facility. Continuity of treatment helps to maintain a child’s confidence and aspects such as anesthesia for children are well managed.
High level skills and safety procedures matter, alongside the way they are provided. Every member of our staff wishes to give a child the care they need and look forward with them. If we can help in any way, please get in touch.
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