Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery In London
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Meeting Children's Dental Needs

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An Individual Focus

A child has a developing oral profile and should not be seen as a small adult. Dental treatment they receive must be focused on their present and future.

As a specialist centre, support for young visitors can be part of maxillofacial, or orthodontic treatment. Understanding our patient’s needs and safe care are essential for both.

In depth knowledge of a child’s medical history can matter, perhaps past bleeding disorders, cardiac issues, allergies, or asthma. Our team naturally liaise with parents, guardians and other medical professionals.

Knowledge of previous anesthesia can help in selecting a suitable anesthetic technique. We try to ensure comfort and natural acceptance of the procedure, not least with younger children.

Most dental and maxillofacial treatment can be carried out in our child friendly day unit, with adults welcome to sit in. Our consultants also have access to leading London private hospitals, where parents can stay over.

Approach To Treatment

Good treatment starts with insightful diagnosis, through the skills of specialists and by listening to patients of all ages, or those supporting them.

Care should be taken when imaging younger patients, with the best equipment making a difference. The understanding this brings of their facial anatomy assists in diagnosis and planning.

A child’s teeth can be unerupted or impacted, ankylosis is not uncommon, where teeth fuse to the alveolar bone. Part of the jaw area which needs to be analysed, for the effect on other teeth and wider health aspects.

Ankylosis can be linked to infection, which is common in children and can develop quickly. Identifying paediatric infection is essential, perhaps within the jaw, which is more porous than in adults.

A young person’s jaw may also harbour unseen adult teeth, or wisdom teeth in adolescents. Understanding the way they are likely to progress is key to treatment, tooth development rates change as we grow.

There may be supernumerary teeth, or an absence of teeth, neither are unusual in childhood. Management impacted, or unexposed teeth can call for interdisciplinary care, between an orthodontist and maxillofacial surgeon.

Preventing ongoing issues is a core need, such as cyst growth, or reabsorption of tooth roots into the jaw. Part of ensuring the good dental and facial development we wish to see in all our patients.

Care At Our Harley Street Clinic

A fine smile from our orthodontics clinic may be your aim, although wider skills are provided in house, to meet normal, or complex needs.

Children benefit from having diagnosis and treatment in an environment they come to trust. Our paediatric maxillofacial consultants ensure this is provided, in a practice built on dedication.

The same level of knowledge and standard of care are provided for facial reconstruction, orthodontics, oral surgery, or a smaller dental need.

They are all important to our patients, their families and should be to us. The staff at our London clinic recognise that whilst care matters at any age, a child has their life ahead of them.