Expert Care

Our friendly, helpful team at Dental Emporium has a reputation for exceeding expectations and providing friendly, open, informed care.

Why visit Dental Emporium?

  • Committed to providing GENTLE dentistry

  • Sedation / Anaesthesia Services
  • 20+ Years of Experience

  • Friendly & Professional Staff

  • Local Orthodontic Services
  • Implant Dentistry

  • State of the art equipment

  • Recently re-furbished

We hope to see you soon, and are excited to give you the most rewarding and valuable oral health care that you’ve ever received!

Meet The Team

Apart from quality, our dentists’ priority is good rapport and clear communication with patients, with a view to achieve life-changing healthy smiles.

Dr Francois du Toit
Dr Francois du Toit Principal Dentist
Dr du Toit is originally from sunny South Africa. He graduated from The University of Pretoria and went on with his post graduate qualifications in oral surgery and implantology. Dr du Toit is a highly qualified dentist with substantial surgical experience. He also successfully established and owned state of the art practices in South Africa equipped with the best and latest technologies in dentistry. Here he has provided cosmetic and preventative dental care and has become widely known for his smile makeovers. Dr du Toit has completed several advanced courses in implantology. He is adapt with providing advanced surgical and restorative procedures.

Apart from quality, his priority is good rapport and clear communication with patients, with a view to achieve life-changing healthy smiles. He manages patients with oral problems ranging from general dentistry to complex impacted teeth, advanced implant dentistry, non-surgical facial aesthetics and surgical treatments under conscious sedation.

Dr Ilze Van Der Merwe
Dr Ilze Van Der Merwe Dentist
Dr. Van Der Merwe was born and raised in South Africa, where she completed her dentistry degree at the University of Stellenbosch.

Ilze has a special interest in giving patients the confidence they deserve by delivering optimum smiles, with care individualized to their specific needs. She accomplishes this with a range of services including simple gum treatments, whitening, straightening (she is a certified Invisalign provider), and complex smile makeover techniques.

Ilze keeps her knowledge and skills up to date with an on-going focus on continuing education and training. She also works closely with specialists in other disciplines to develop the best possible treatment plan for each patient.

Ilze is fluent in English and Afrikaans, and has a solid understanding of French and Dutch languages.

Laura Butler-Smith
Laura Butler-Smith Hygienist and Therapist
Laura is a very experienced Dental care professional with over 10 years within the industry. Laura initially trained and worked as a Dental Nurse at king’s college Hospital gaining various qualifications along the way before furthering her studies.

Laura qualified from King’s College Dental Institute as a Dental Hygiene Therapist, where she was awarded a clinical excellence award. She joined our practice in 2011 where she has started to develop a tailor-made hygiene programme.

The treatment and maintenance care Laura provides is to the highest standard and all advice given is suited to individual client needs. Her training allows her to carry out preventative and conservative treatments for adults and children, including the placement of fillings and an extensive range of dental treatments on the deciduous dentition (milk teeth).

Laura has a gentle but thorough approach to her work, which means nervous, sensitive and first time patients are more than welcome.

Joanna Quintal
Joanna QuintalPeriodontist
Still to come….
Loretta Nunn
Loretta NunnPractice Manager
Our Manager is well known and loved in Putney for her caring efficiency. Being a holder of BDPMA foundation certificate in Dental Practice management, and a member of the Association of Dental Administrators and Managers, She brings her vast experience of more than 35 years to our practice.

Loretta has been looking after our staff, practice and patients for over 23 years. Her bubbly and empathetic nature makes her an absolute superstar and patients immediately feel relaxed and at ease when dealing with her.
She has extensive experience with treatments and is able to explain procedures and instruct patients on aftercare with extensive knowledge.
She is known to many of our long-term patients and also enjoys meeting and welcoming new patients.
She enjoys spending time with her two grown up children and travelling. She is also a very proud Grandmother to a gorgeous Grandson.

Rebeca Gonzalez Navaza
Rebeca Gonzalez NavazaHead Dental Nurse
Currently studying Dental Radiography (NEBDN Certificate)
NEBDN Certificate in Oral Health Education 2018
National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2012

Rebeca is the Head Dental Nurse at our Putney Practice. She has been working at the practice since 2017.

Rebeca has experience assisting in complex treatments including surgical extractions, implant procedures, sinus augmentations, root canal therapy, orthodontic treatments and sedation procedures.

She enjoys working with our younger patients, helping build their confidence when coming to the dentist.

Outside of work Rebeca enjoys cycling, swimming and keeping fit and healthy.

“Francois and his practice team are great. Loving my new smile! Highly recommended. Highly professional. Thank you!”

LOUISE DE VILLIERS