Meet Dr. Jonke
Guenter Jonke, DDS, DMD earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at SUNY Stony Brook University. He continued his studies at C.W. Post College, Greenvale, NY where he earned his Masters Degree in Microbiology. In 1988, he completed his requirements to earn his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Boston University School of Dental Medicine. At the prestigious Georgetown University in Washington D.C. he completed his hospital based specialty training in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. He is Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery and has been in private practice since 1991. In addition, he enjoys teaching and is a clinical assistant instructor at the Dental School located at SUNY Stony Brook. For many years he has volunteered his time with the dental residents at St. Charles Hospital located in Port Jefferson, New York. He lectures numerously on a variety of topics including dental implants, bone grafting and oral pathology and was the leader of the Smithtown Study Club for 15 years. He is committed to organized dentistry involving the Suffolk County Dental Society representing fellow dentists over a wide array of issues. In 2012, he completed his year as President of the Suffolk County Dental Society. Currently, he is the Ethics Chairman representing Suffolk County at the New York State level. His private practice includes the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery with the emphasis on office based patient procedures including dental implants, simple and complex bone grafting, oral pathology and intravenous anesthesia .He maintains hospital privileges at St .Catherine of Siena Medical Center and the North Shore Surgi-Center both located in Smithtown NY. Dr. Jonke is an active member of numerous dental organizations including the ADA, NYSDA and AAOMS. In addition, he is active member of the highly selective American College of Dentists , Pierre Fauchard Academy and Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) . Dr. Jonke is married with two children, Stefan and Adina. He enjoys restoring vintage corvettes, wine collecting and playing golf.
What is your philosophy of dentistry? How do you want patients to feel when they leave your office?
That patients become more knowledgeable about their oral healthcare. Patients are treated in the most respectful and honest manner, I like to feel that I have reduced their anxiety about oral surgery.
What do patients get from your practice that they wouldn’t get somewhere else?
The ability to fully reconstruct a patient from ill-fitting dentures to the comfort, confidence, look and feel of real teeth with dental implants.
What do you like most about dentistry? What do you like least?
I love what I do each and every day. Making patients feel relaxed and comfortable is my goal. The relationships we develop with our patients is so rewarding. My least favorite aspect of dentistry is the dealings with the insurance companies to obtain medically necessary approvals for my patients. It is a constant battle to convince insurance companies to put the patient’s needs above their own.