Dental implants are today’s best alternative to natural teeth. They can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
An implant is, essentially, a sophisticated titanium screw which is placed into the jaw bone to replace the root of a lost natural tooth. The implant fuses with the jawline to form a secure foundation for tooth replacement. The end result… replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth. The embarrassment , irritation and self-consciousness often experienced by people who have missing teeth, those who wear dentures or who have suffered through older methods of tooth replacement are overcome with the confidence of permanently anchored dental implants.
Dental implants are now recognised as routine treatment for a full range of problems from replacing a single tooth, to full oral rehabilitation, or simply for reliable denture retention.
The loss of a single tooth may trigger adverse changes in your dentition ultimately affecting your dental health, ability to chew comfortably your personal appearance.
Your teeth support and rely on each other. When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can shift out of their normal position. Teeth adjacent to the space or from the opposite jaw will often drift or tilt. These teeth are often more susceptible to decay and gum disease and they are more difficult to clean properly.
All of this shifting, drifting and wear will lead to changes in the bite and potentially, further tooth loss. The remaining dentition, with fewer teeth, is more susceptible to excessive functional stresses and tooth wear. Furthermore, the jawbone tends to atrophy or, ‘shrink’, as a result of tooth loss. Ultimately, your ability to chew comfortably and your appearance may be affected.
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Sophie graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Distinction) in 2016. Before that she had already completed a Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences but her strong passion for dentistry led her into further education for a dental degree.
Sophie strives to deliver quality care to all her patients. Understanding that everyone is different and has different needs, she will make sure to involve you in your dental treatment planning so that you will feel respected and well informed to make the best decision for your own oral health. Sophie also understands that dental anxiety can be a barrier for some people and will work patiently with you to help overcome this barrier, as she believes that everyone deserves a confident smile.
Sophie continues to enhance her knowledge and skills by attending various CPD courses so that her patients are always provided with the most up-to-date dental treatment.
Outside of work, Sophie enjoys spending time with her young family and her big fluffy dog, whether it’s to the local park or a road trip to Rotorua, it’s always a good time! She also enjoys looking after her houseplants and relaxing under the sun.
After finishing his Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Otago, Josh went on to study Dentistry at the University of Adelaide in Australia.
Josh has a wide range of interests within general dentistry with a goal of always providing the highest quality work in a friendly and relaxed manner.
Outside of work, you will find him out on his mountain bike or playing golf.
I graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Before moving Auckland, I practiced in rural Central Otago and the Hawke’s Bay.
I have a strong attention to detail and am committed to providing my patients with exceptional dental treatment, improving my patients’ smiles and restoring their teeth to health and function. I continue to build on my professional qualifications, and regularly attends courses both nationally and internationally.
I am accredited with the NZ Society of Sedation in Dentistry to be able to provide sedation (sleep dentistry) for nervous patients. My special area of clinical interest is in root canal therapy, and I am a past committee member and treasurer for the NZ Society of Endodontics. I have also trained internationally in dental implant surgery.
I am fully qualified in the modern techniques of Invisalign’s and able to correct your imperfect smiles.
In addition to dentistry, I have advanced training in botulinum toxin injections for tooth grinding and migraines and I’m a member of the Australasian Academy of Dento-facial Aesthetics.
Outside of work, I am a keen tennis player and runner.
I am an Oral Health Therapist here at Pukekohe Dental, providing periodontal care for patients of all ages and restorative care for children and adolescents. I graduated from the University of Otago in 2019 with a Bachelor of Oral Health and have since thrived under the guidance of Richard and Leslea. With access to the latest technology, including Airflow and the Biolase Epic Hygiene Laser, I can guide you toward your best possible dental health. Outside of work I enjoy hiking, biking, playing touch rugby, and hosting game nights.
Dr. Richard Eilenberg is dedicated to his profession and has an impressive list of achievements, including establishing the Cosmetic Dental Clinic in Remuera, and the New Zealand Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry, the first private teaching institution in the country with hands-on courses for general dentists. He has traveled extensively as a lecturer, in 2000 was President and Life Member of the US-based World Congress of Microdentistry and in 2001 was awarded New Zealand’s first Advanced Certificate in Dentistry.
After graduating from the University of Otago, Richard moved to England to work and study more advanced dental procedures at the University of London, gaining a Master’s Degree in Restorative Dentistry. For the last 10 years, he operated the clinic in Remuera before country life beckoned and he, his wife Leslea, and 3 daughters, decided to move from the city. In 2007 they set up Pukekohe Dental, offering quality cosmetic dental procedures as well as private family dental care.
“Deciding on a change of lifestyle away from the stress of the city enabled us to introduce a high quality, high technology clinic for the Pukekohe area. We particularly like the friendliness of the people and the open spaces. My wife Leslea works with me at Pukekohe Dental and is one of the most experienced dental hygienists with training both in New Zealand and the US. Leslea is qualified in children’s dentistry, a member of the Dental Council of NZ and is a Past President of the NZ Dental Hygienists’ Association.
My happy place is perfecting personal smiles and giving bedazzling professional cleans and Oral Health Care. Ongoing specialised education in the industry is my passion and I have an extensive background and reputation in modern dental technology.
My ultimate goal is to look after the health and well-being of our patients.
Outside of the clinic, you’ll find me outdoors, I love surfing, as well as Judo and ballet. I was an NZ Elite Triathlete representative, competing in the Worlds and the World Class IRONMAN at Kona, and a champion NZ Body Builder with my husband Dr. Richard Eilenberg, and held records for Power Lifting. Richard and I are looking forward to our next adventure, competing in CrossFit.
I have two beautiful girls Nikkita and Scarlett whom I am very proud of.
I am the ‘Face’ with the smile who greets you, welcomes you, calls you, before and after your appointments, and says goodbye until your next visit. I’m proud and committed to my role as a Receptionist Co-Ordinator for our dynamic team at Pukekohe Dental. When I’m not here you’ll find me at the gym, reading the latest novels or walking my Dog ‘Steiny’ and best of all hanging out with my delightful husband Mike, and children Aimee and Aaron.
I have been working at Pukekohe Dental for 3 years and qualified as a Dental Assistant in 2020. I was Richards Nurse for 2 years and found my dream while Assisting, I am now studying Bachelor of Oral Health at AUT and am excited to grow more within the dental profession as I particularly enjoy working with children; teaching, and practicing oral hygiene. You will see me at Pukekohe Dental on my days off from studying and working with all the Practitioners, Professional Sterilizing, and Admin. Outside of work my hobbies include netball, hiking, traveling, and walking my dog on the beach at Karioitahi.
I assist Dr Saskia here at Pukekohe Dental and all practitioners, I graduated in Dental Assisting in 2020 and have been Assisting since 2019. Assisting Dr. Saskia has given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge within a mixture of restorative and surgical dental work, including implants, IV sedation, and Invisalign which I find very rewarding as I love seeing the confidence of our patients grow after their visit with us. Outside of work you will find me spending time with family and friends. A few hobbies of mine include adventuring the great outdoors and candle making – so if you are wondering why our clinic smells so nice you can count on me!
I’m Richard’s Nurse here at Pukekohe Dental. I qualified as a Dental Assistant in 2021 but have been an Assistant since 2019. A keen interest of mine is Cosmetic Dentistry, so this gives me a good opportunity working with Dr Richard. Outside of work I like to spend time outdoors running, hiking, and playing rugby for Patumahoe. I look forward to seeing you.
I’m a qualified Dental Auxiliary with an interest in Dental Artistry, You’ll see me mostly assisting Leslea and Bailey, answering phones, and doing Admin. I’m adaptable to all areas of Dentistry, from preparing patients, digital scanning, sterilization, and caring for you when you walk in the door for your dental visit. My love outside of work is my cat Q’uiche who is a Sphynx. He has such a fun personality and accompanies me everywhere I go outside of work in his backpack. I am a passionate creator of art in all aspects, drawing, painting, design, and fashion which I find blends very well with Dentistry.