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Our Practice

Making smiles in Somerset-West wider and brighter since 1980

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Welcome to the Helderberg Dental Practice, conveniently located in Somerset West CBD. Here, our professionals know that dental health is not just about white smiles: it’s about having strong teeth and healthy gums. It’s about prolonging the simple joy of eating delicious things! Our mission is to help our patients accomplish these goals in a painless, compassionate, and efficient way.

We aim to educate our patients in a safe environment while offering them necessary comprehensive care. We understand that many people have anxiety about dental treatment, so we created a calm environment and a scheduling system that never keeps you waiting long. By using the latest techniques, we strive to give our patients the best care possible.


Dr Tjaart Krüger-BChD, PDD(Implantology)

Dr Kruger qualified from the University of Pretoria in 1974, and after working in private practice in England for a period of 5 years, he returned home and opened up the Helderberg Dental Practice in 1980. Having a broad range of interest in all aspects of dentistry, he has travelled the globe to attend courses and lectures to give his patients the best possible care. He has a special interest in dental implantology, especially management and treatment of patients experiencing complications and helping them back to a state of maintainable health and function. Dr Krüger is also qualified to provide minimally invasive facial aesthetic services like Botox (TM) and dermal fillers.

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Dr Fritz Claassen-BChD, PDD(Perio), PDD(Prostho)

After completing community service in 2003, Dr Claassen entered private practice and in 2004 joined Dentists@Health in Uitenhage. In 2006 he relocated to the Dentists@Health practice in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, where he practiced until late 2016. In November 2016 he joined the team at Helderberg Dental Practice in Somerset West.

  Dr Claassen’s field of interest includes the disciplines of Periodontics, Implantology and Prosthodontics.  Constantly on the journey of continuous education, he has attended numerous national and international post-graduate courses, including two post-graduate diplomas with the University of Pretoria and the complete series of implantology courses with the Implant and Aesthetic Academy between March 2005 and August 2008. He has presented on various topics locally and internationally, and has also been part of the teaching faculty at the postgraduate certification course in Oral Implantology hosted by the University of Pretoria.

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Helen Erasmus, Dental Hygienist

Helen completed her Diploma in Oral Hygiene at the University of Stellenbosch in 1984, after which she joined a specialist orthodontic practice in Somerset West. After 16 years, she briefly stayed in Bonn, Germany, and upon her return joined the Helderberg Dental Practice in 2007.  She is a member of OHASA and regularly attends courses to stay abreast of the latest techniques and technologies. In 2013, she completed her certification for expanded functions in Oral Hygiene at UWC.  She enjoys the full spectrum of Oral Hygiene and her greatest reward in when a patient understands their own mouth and how to take good care of it. She enjoys running, especially trial running in the beautiful surrounding mountains.

Riana Botha , Office Manager

Riana has been part of the Helderberg Dental Practice team since 2002.  As practice manager, she ensures that our practice runs smoothly and efficiently. Riana takes great pleasure in helping our patients with all the administrative work needed to make our patients' experience as hassle-free as possible, and she's always willing to assist our patients with any administrative needs. She enjoys horse-riding and the outdoor life.