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Paediatric dentistry

What we do

We provide dental care, including surgery, for children aged 15 years and under:

  • with any complex medical, physical and/or behavioural disability
  • who have or had trauma injuries both to their baby or adult teeth
  • who have problems with how their teeth are developing
  • who have gum disease as part of a medical or syndromic condition
  • who have any pathology of their mouth and face
  • who need a large number of decayed teeth removed.

We treat children from London as part of our undergraduate trainee dental surgeon programme and see a limited number of patients who fit with teaching needs.


First floor, Dental Institute, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

Patient information leaflets

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Caring for your child after intravenous sedation for dental treatment166 KB
Caring for your child’s mouth after dental treatment under general anaesthetic189 KB
Caring for your child’s mouth after tooth extractions or minor oral surgery188 KB
Dental radiology (child patients)285 KB
Dental trauma in children195 KB
Fasting instructions for children having dental day surgery137 KB
General anaesthesia for children’s dental treatment237 KB
How to look after your child’s removable appliance186 KB
How to look after your child’s teeth and gums193 KB
Inhalation sedation for children’s dental treatment202 KB
Molar incisor hypomineralisation (MIH) in children266 KB
Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) or joint clinics for children’s dental treatment206 KB
Preformed metal crowns (PMC)275 KB
Root canal treatment (RCT) in children210 KB
Splints for traumatised adult teeth in children305 KB
Tooth whitening or bleaching for children286 KB
Your child’s dental care by students202 KB
Your child’s new dental patient appointment200 KB

Conditions we treat

We accept pan-London referrals to our Paediatric Dentistry service. For full information about the conditions we treat, please refer to the ‘Guidance Notes for Paediatric Referrals’ below.

You should follow the guidelines carefully and ensure that you complete all the required sections on the referral form below.

Please note that referrals to this service are received and processed by our Community special care dentistry team. Patients will be directed to the appropriate South London hospital or community service following triage.

Booking a patient at King’s

Please note that GP referrals are not accepted by this service, including via e-RS.

Routine Referrals

Dental practices should refer paediatric patients using the South East London paediatric dentistry single point of access. Please use this SmartSurvey link.

If you have a query about this phone the central team on 020 3299 4988.

Emergency Referrals

For emergency referrals between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, tel 020 3299 3052, (not bank holidays).

Out of hours, patients should go to the Emergency Department or call 111.

For suspected cancer use the urgent suspected cancer pathway.

Other Queries

For all other queries, contact the service manager for Paediatric Dentistry on 020 3299 0035.

Referral forms

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Dental – Guidance Notes for Paediatric Referrals79 KB
Dental Referral Form – South East London Paediatric Dentistry

Key Clinical Staff

Name Role
Mrs Meera Ahluwalia Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry
Miss Tanika Gohil Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry
Miss Katie Horisk Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry
Miss Amede Okwesa Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry
Ms Maalini Patel Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry
Mr Ashutosh Sharma Specialty Dentist
Mr Sanjeev Sood Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry
Mr James Wilson Specialty Dentist