The Perfect Smile is Around the Bend

Essential Dental is a family practice situated in Brackenfell with a comforting relationship based approach to dentistry and related services. The practice is contracted with most leading medical aid schemes and accounts are handled by our competent administrative team.

Our Services


Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter. It can’t make your teeth brilliant white...

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance of teeth...


Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, supported by the...


A tooth extraction is a procedure to remove a tooth from the gum socket. It is usually done by a general...

Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping your mouth clean and disease-free. This involves brushing...


Orthodontic treatment focus on dental displacement and malocclusions as well as the control and modification of...

Peadiatric Dentistry

Essential Dental being a child friendly practice here we welcome children from young ages. We are...

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is the term used to explain the dental procedure that repairs or replaces teeth. These...


Our goal is to make your child feel as comfortable as possible, but as you know they are not always...

Facial Aesthetics

We offer botox treatment to smooth wrinkles on the face. We focus on the forehead, frown, crow`s feet and lips...

What our patients say

Nikki Erasmus
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We had such a good experience with Dr Tehjal Ravgee. She is extremely professional and patient. Definitely a 5-star recommendation for her
Ulric Ogle
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I moved to CPT three years ago. I had serious reservations about finding a dentist as good as my previous dentist in East London. I was apprehensive when I visited Dr Engelbrecht at the hight of the news of a Worldwide pandemic, and everyone coming to grips with a virus called COVID-19. ALL practitioners at this practice are extremely professional and have a gentle hand. Not many people enjoy visiting a dentist. If you need to have someone stick their tools in your mouth, and experiencing a pain free, professional dental service, CHOOSE Essential Dental... You will leave with a smile on your face😊
Richard E Mason
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I don't have many teeth left and hate going to the dentist, but I will continue to go to dr Crause because, not only she is an excellent dentist, always trying to save the last few teeth left in my mouth and very gentle with the injections, but always sympathetic and friendly!! In fact, everyone at the practice is simply grand! I'd give 9 stars, but there are only5.
Jeffrey Matthysen
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Been there a few times. Really good service. Nothing bad to say at all about them. Will definitely stay a client of them for a long time. Given Dr Engelhardt stays there. She is amazing and definitely know what she is doing. 100/10 for Dr Engelhardt and 10/10 for Essential Dental. 💯🤗
Mariska De Jager
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Very good dentist great with kids my 3 Go to them no questions asked. Our 13 year old SE braces are done by Dr Crause and He has SPD which makes it worse for him especially when it comes to his mouth, Dr explained everything so well and she has so much patience with him. She did a root canal on our 9-year-old a while back without a single tear. Dr. Cause has been our family's dentist for over 7 years and won't go to anyone Else.

Meet our Specialists

Dr Talitha Crause​

Practice Owner | Dentist
BChD (Stell) 2003

Dr Talitha Crause​

Practice owner Dr Talitha Crause completed her B.Ch.D (Stell) in 2003 and has since been practicing general/family dentistry including restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Dr Crause has also completed a course in Orthodontics through Progressive Orthodontics and is now focusing on clear aligners. Prior to opening her practice, Dr Crause worked at Medicross Brackenfell for 10 years. She has a kind heart and loves making conversation with her patients, to make them feel at ease.

Dr Jolandie Engelbrecht​

BChD (UWC) 2014

Dr Jolandie Engelbrecht​

Dr Engelbrecht Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery ( in 2014 from the University of WesternCape. In 2015 she completed her community service in the Free State. In 2016 she joined a practice in Century City until 2017 when she met and joined Dr Crause at Medicross Brackenfell and then moved together to Essential Dental in 2019. She believes in the holistic approach of Dentistry. She enjoys every bit of it, but with a special interest in aesthetic Dentistry and creating beautiful natural smiles.

Dr Tehjal Ravgee​

BDS (UWC) 2020

Dr Tehjal Ravgee​

Born and raised in East London Dr Tehjal Ravgee completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.Ch.D) qualification at the University of the Western Cape and her community service at Empilweni Gompo (East London). Her passion for dentistry is driven by helping her patients gain their confidence through a beautiful smile. She has a specific interest in aesthetic dentistry as well as pediatric dentistry. Dr Ravgee is friendly, warm, knowledgeable, professional and very diligent in her work - she enjoys engaging and listening to her patients and ensuring their experience in the dental chair is a pleasant one from beginning to end.


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