QVH runs a specialist service for patients with Hypodontia (developmentally absent teeth).
All patients referred by general dental practitioners or orthodontic specialists identified with a diagnosis of Hypodontia are seen in a multidisciplinary clinic (Hypodontia multidisciplinary team/missing tooth clinic), to discuss options and the ideal timing of treatment prior to treatment plans being confirmed.
Referrals are accepted for advice and treatment.
Referrals are also accepted for multi-disciplinary team (MDT) treatment planning for patients who are having or who are being considered for orthodontic treatment in a specialist practice, or neighbouring NHS Trust.
The QVH Hypodontia Team works closely with the Hypodontia Team at Guy’s and St Thomas (GSTT), with an integrated treatment pathway for patients falling within NHS criteria for restorative management of Hypodontia with implants.
Miss Sofia Ahmad
Consultant in Orthodontics QVH/GSTT
Hypodontia Lead QVH, (Hypodontia MDT QVH/GSTT)
Dr Virginia Kingsmill
Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, QVH
Miss Sophie Watkins
Consultant in Restorative Dentistry QVH/GSTT
Hypodontia Lead GSTT
For information regarding Hypodontia referrals or the QVH Hypodontia Service and MDT please contact Miss Sofia Ahmad c/o Orthodontic Department, Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Sofia Ahmad
Specialist interests: Children’s Orthodontics, Hypodontia (Treatment for Developmentally absent teeth), Orthognathic (Jaw Surgery Treatment), and Sleep Apnoea.
Miss Sofia Ahmad graduated from King’s College Dental Hospital London, with distinctions in orthodontics and paediatric dentistry. She went on to gain an MSc in orthodontics with distinction from the University of London and Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Miss Ahmad has completed the Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examination in Orthodontics.
At Queen Victoria Hospital she leads the hypodontia (developmentally absent / missing teeth) multidisciplinary service and at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London is a member of the Hypodontia Team, leading on the development and running of Hypodontia Courses for specialty trainees. She works closely with Consultants in Restorative Dentistry to plan the treatment for patients with hypodontia.
Miss Ahmad is also involved in multidisciplinary care of patients requiring orthodontics and orthognathic (jaw surgery) and leads the QVH jaw surgery patient information evenings for patients considering jaw surgery treatment.
Miss Ahmad is passionate about teaching and training and has co-authored an Orthodontic textbook Clinical Cases in Orthodontics. She continues to be involved in dental education and has examined previously for the MJDF and is currently an appointed Examiner for the Membership in Orthodontics for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Her research and clinical audit interests include patient information provision, and she is currently leading on the development of patient information videos for QVH orthodontic patients. Other research includes:
Akram, N. Shah, S. Ahmad, Patient Information – Is It Ever Enough? A prospective Audit of Information Provision for Orthognathic Treatment at The Queen Victoria Hospital (QVH), East Grinstead, British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2020.
Catt SL, Ahmad S, Collyer J, Hardwick L, Shah N, Winchester L. Quality of life and communication in orthognathic treatment. J Orthod. 2018 Jun;45(2):65-70. doi: 10.1080/14653125.2018.1458949. Epub 2018 Apr 11. PMID: 29638192.
Bhamrah G, Ahmad S, NiMhurchadha S. Internet discussion forums, an information and support resource for orthognathic patients. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2015 Jan;147(1):89-96. doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2014.08.020. PMID: 25533076.
Miss Ahmad receives consistently high praise from her patients for the quality of their care and treatment. Her patient feedback, January-March 2020 (13 cases):
Happy with the results: 100%
Took longer than expected: 15%
Satisfied/completely satisfied: 100%
Sufficient information: 93%.
Qualifications: BSc BDS MSc (Lond) MOrth FDSOrth RCS (Eng)
Consultant in Restorative Dentistry
Special interest: rehabilitation of patients after surgery for mouth cancer.
Ginny Kingsmill BDS PhD FDSRCS (Rest Dent) is a specialist in restorative dentistry and works as a consultant at both the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead and St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester.
Ginny qualified in dentistry from Guy’s Hospital in 1991, completing a PhD at University College London in 1996 before becoming first a lecturer then senior lecturer at Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed a five year specialist training programme in Restorative Dentistry in 2003 and worked at Barts & The London for 17 years.
More recently Ginny has been supervisor and examiner for MSc students of Health Education at the University of Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Ginny acts as a referee for scientific journals and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Technology and the advisory board for the charity Facial Palsy UK. In 2002 she was the first non-medically qualified researcher to receive a Clinician Scientist Award from the Department of Health for her work into osteoporosis. She has lectured both in the UK and abroad.
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