St George University of London Dentistry

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St George University of London Dentistry

St George University of London Dentistry

Dentistry

Dentistry comprises three departments: Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontics and Paediatric (Children’s) Dentistry, and works closely with the Oral and Maxillofacial department providing joint clinics for patients.

Paediatric dentistry

The paediatric dentistry team at St Georges provides a comprehensive service to improve the oral health care of infants, children and adolescents through appropriate preventive, educational and treatment services. A large number of children are treated who have facial and dental anomalies, have been involved in dento alveolar trauma, have varying special needs and who are fearful or resistant to care by general dental practitioners. We also treat young patients with multidisciplinary treatment needs involving other teams eg hypodontia, orthodondic/paediatric and paediatric restorative oral medicine, surgical interventions e.g. impacted canines, supernumeraries, frenectomies, infraoccluded teeth caries and behaviour management.

The Department has two surgeries which are fully equipped to give sedation. Services are provided on an out-patient, day patient and, occasionally, in-patient basis for young people across south west London and surrounding areas.

Children requiring surgery under general anaesthesia are mainly treated as day cases, allowing them to return home promptly.

The Department also provides an advisory service for referred patients and also a limited treatment service for complex dental problems.

Restorative Dentistry provides consultation and treatment services for a range of oral diseases and injuries. This is strictly limited to highest priority patient groups. These include patients with facial injuries or deformities, or head and neck cancers. It also provides dental health services to other patients with medical conditions or special needs such as patients who are immuno-compromised, who have cancer affecting their head and neck, haemophilia and other blood disorders.

The Department has six surgeries and provides an outpatient service. It is a Centre of Excellence with two consultants in restorative and implant dentistry, two specialist registrars, a specialty dentist, several clinical assistant, two hygienists and one oral health adviser. The Department enjoys a strong training reputation. It works closely with Cardiothoracic, Haematology, Haematoncology and the Head and Neck multidisciplinary team.

The Department also provides an advisory service for referred patients and also a limited treatment service for complex dental problems.

Orthodontics

The Orthodontic Department offers services to patients with complex dental problems. Orthodontics is the treatment of wrongly aligned and misplaced teeth to correct a person’s bite. However, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Orthodontics Department deals with a range of problems from dento-facial orthopaedics to severe hypodontia.

The Department has special expertise in caring for patients with deformities of the face and head which have been present since birth or developed because of abnormal growth over time. It is the largest centre for the treatment of facial deformities in south London.

It works closely with the Respiratory Medicine Department to give advice for patients with sleep-related breathing disorders. Care is also provided for young children with a variety of medical disorders and special needs in conjunction with the Paediatric Dentistry Department. The Department also provides an advisory service for referred patients. The Department enjoys a strong working relationship with Respiratory Medicine, ENT, Plastic Surgery, Genetics, and Paediatric Services.

The Orthodontic Department at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has eight surgeries with a dedicated children’s waiting room. The Department is the hub of the southwest London Orthodontic network and a Centre of Excellence. Its staff comprises three consultants, one senior specialist registrar (training to become a hospital consultant), four specialist registrars (training to become orthodontic specialists) and two overseas trainees. All the trainees have a research component to their posts and are prepared for the Masters in Orthodontics (University of London) and the Membership and Fellowship examinations of the Royal Surgical Colleges of the UK. Many UK orthodontic consultants and specialists have trained at St George’s Hospital. There are close links with several other hospitals including Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Dental Institute, Kingston Hospital, and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

STG Ortho Referral (PDF)