Dental and Orthodontics
The Paediatric Dental department at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is based in C1 on the ground floor. We share accommodation with the Maxillofacial unit and the Regional Cleft Lip and Palate unit.
The Paediatric Dental department sees children who have been referred by General Dental Practitioners and the Community Dental service. We also accept referrals from medical departments within Alder Hey.
Children who are seen at Alder Hey are those deemed unsuitable for treatment by outside Dentists or the Community Dental Service. They usually have complex medical needs or behavioural problems. Emergency patients are seen when they have large abscesses or have received trauma which requires specialist attention. Children with toothache are encouraged to visit their own Dentist or the emergency sessions run by either Liverpool Dental Hospital / Community Dental Service. An out of hours service is provided by the latter.
What children do we see?
We accept children from 0-16 years of age who have medical, behavioural or learning difficulties. We also see children who have suffered trauma or have a facial swelling i.e. abscesses. Children are usually referred in, and we see them on an outpatient basis, however, some children are seen having been through A&E as emergencies and they are seen as soon as possible.
What treatments do we offer?
Children are seen on an outpatient or inpatient basis. We can offer treatment, if deemed necessary, under general anaesthesia, but we try and complete most procedures under local anaesthetic. When the new hospital is built we will be offering, hopefully, a full range of sedation services.
Dental procedures provided include a full range of fillings, extractions, many advanced surgical procedures and dentures for children. Preventative advice is provided and is incorporated into a complete treatment plan for each patient.