Celebrating Smiles | 18 September, 2023

From The Dentist's Mouth - Dr Fiona van Heerden

Dr Fiona van Heerden joins us at Lumino City Dental Quay Park.

What made you decide to get into dentistry as a career?

It was actually my father who suggested that I become a dentist. I went to observe a dental practice for a day and was hooked. At that time they had terrible names for the shades of white fillings- I remember the dentist asking for the colour dark yellow for a patient. I immediately decided to make up a code as soon as I was a dentist. Happily, someone else beat me to it!

How long have you been practising dentistry?

I have been practising since December 1994. My first job was as emergency cover in Hawkes Bay just after I graduated!

Tell us about your career background?

Following on from the emergency cover role I worked for two years as a dental house surgeon at Canterbury Health. Learning to care for medically compromised patients, hospital inpatients, and dental emergencies and to perform minor oral surgery such as the extraction of impacted wisdom teeth. I also earned my IV sedation qualification there. I moved into private practice in Auckland in 1997 and spent most of my working career in what is now Lumino St Heliers. I began to study orthodontics in 2017 looking to expand my skill set and completed the POS orthodontics basic series before moving on to complete the advanced series, the aligners series, and the children’s orthodontics series. I am now furthering my education with Dr Andrea Shepperson’s courses in the restoration of worn teeth.

What is your most memorable case to date?

My most memorable case is a lovely man for whom I placed 27 crowns and one implant crown more than 20 years ago! He spends 6 months in New Zealand 6 months living overseas and still comes back to see me whenever he is in New Zealand. The crowns are all still there!

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What do you love most about your job?

I enjoy people. I like to be able to make a difference for someone. It is tremendously satisfying to be able to care for someone who comes in needing a lot of work and be able to help them turn that around with quality restorations and preventive care. Long term you then have a patient requiring only regular cleans and minimal treatment.

What are your special interests in dentistry?

I currently enjoy orthodontic work- particularly with clear aligners such as Invisalign- and crown and bridge work. I am excited about learning more about the restoration of the extensively worn dentition.

What is the main piece of advice you give your patients?

Floss! Prevention is the most cost-effective thing you can do!

Where would we find you outside of the practice?

Somewhere on the side of a swimming pool involved with water polo! I really enjoy managing teams and helping to run competitions with the Sea Wolf water polo club.

Terms & Conditions

  • Offer is for new Lumino patients only, with Dr Fiona Van Heerden at Lumino City Dental Quay Park Auckland.

  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

  • This offer cannot be applied retrospectively.

  • Full payment is due at the time of service.

  • Available for a limited time.

  • Offer includes bitewing x-rays only. Panoramic x-rays are not included and if required will be an additional cost.