Immediate Teeth

Restore your smile in a single visit.

Despite all that has transpired since its conclusion, the 1991 Gulf War – in which Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army was driven out of Kuwait – is still considered one of the greatest US military successes.
Former nurse Jane Bigelow, 76, played a big part in that triumph.

Jane Bigelow

Jane Bigelow opted for an implant-supported fixed denture from Dr. Sherberg in restoring her smile.

An Air Force colonel stationed at the Rhein-Main Air Base in Frankfurt, Germany, at the time, Jane was the commander of the 2nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, responsible for airlifting injured soldiers out of the war zone.

“My people met the challenge because everyone was transported safely, which was our goal,” Jane explains. “We wanted to get them back quickly, triage them and decide who had to go to the States, who could be cared for in the European theater, and so on.”

Jane’s command of the 2nd AES filled up the final two years of a 24-year military career that ended in 1992. She is now retired and splits time between Buffalo and St. Petersburg, where a medical issue flared up a couple of years ago.

“I had a sore on the roof of my mouth,” Jane remembers, and when she asked her primary care physician about it, he told her it was a dental issue. There just happens to be a dentist around the corner from where I live, so I went there to see what it was.”

That practice is Bayway Dental, where David Sherberg, DMD, FAGD, is experienced in sedation dentistry and has the skill and technology to perform virtually any procedure.

“We’re a one-stop shop, so most of our patients don’t need to see a specialist to get the care they need,” Dr. Sherberg says. “We do root canals, crowns, dentures, implants, veneers, extractions, just about everything.

“And we do a lot of that work under sedation. I am certified in IV sedation, and only a handful of general dentists in St. Petersburg can claim that distinction. One of the great advantages of this is it allows patients who require a lot of work to get that work done in just a few appointments.”

In addition to specializing in the treatment of patients with dental anxiety, Dr. Sherberg also takes on patients who have long neglected their oral health. Jane didn’t fall into either category, but Dr. Sherberg was able to help her nonetheless.

Ready When You Are

“When Jane came to me, she was wearing an upper partial denture that didn’t fit quite right,” Dr. Sherberg explains. “That’s what was causing the sore she came in for. After examining her, I also found some other problems.

“The teeth that the partial denture hooked on to were not in great shape. She was eventually going to lose those teeth, but at the time she wasn’t ready to get into a full denture just yet. So, what we did was fit her with a new partial.”

“I told her, though, that if she ever decides to be a little more proactive about the denture, just let me know and we’ll discuss the options. Then one day about a year or so ago, she came in and said, I’m ready to have that conversation.

The options discussed included traditional dentures, removable implant-supported dentures and fixed implant-supported dentures. Concerned about her ability to clean her dentures as she aged, Jane chose the fixed implant model, Immediate Teeth.

“I was used to taking out my partial and cleaning it every night, but I don’t know that I’ll always have the manual dexterity to get a denture in and out every night, so I went with the fixed implant,” Jane says. “It’s the closest thing you can get to real teeth.”

Dental implants are root-shaped, screw-like bodies that are surgically placed into the jawbone, where new bone grows naturally around it to form the foundation for replacement teeth.

The replacement teeth can be a single crown that is either cemented or screwed onto an abutment, a partial bridge that can be affixed to one or more implants, or a full denture that can be fastened to a series of implants.

There are many options, and it’s important to find the right plan for each patient’s needs.

Prior to placing an implant, some patients require a bone grafting procedure designed to enhance the volume of the jawbone so it can properly support the implant.

Implants typically need three to six weeks to heal to where they can support a prosthetic. However, through the Immediate Teeth option, Dr. Sherberg can provide patients with new teeth immediately.

Immediate Impact

Immediate Teeth calls for the patient to receive four to six implants situated in a way that allows the patient to be fit with a temporary fixed denture that is later replaced by their permanent fixed denture.

“We call that the All-on-Four, Five or Six Protocol, and what’s great about it is that someone can literally have all their teeth taken out and then have their implants and temporary teeth placed at the same time, in one day,” Dr. Sherberg affirms.

“Another benefit of this exciting new protocol is that it’s rare that we need to do any bone grafting. We’re usually able to fit the implants into places where there’s enough bone to support them, which saves time and money.

“When doing implant procedures, we also do prosthetic planning where we analyze the patient’s jaw in 3D and map the case out digitally. From those digital plans, we make guides that we use during surgery to place the implants in the exact spots they need to be.”

Less than 5 percent of dental implants placed in the U.S utilize this technology, but Dr. Sherberg believes it is such an improvement that he provides this at no additional cost.

Dr. Sherberg made use of all those tools while treating Jane, who took advantage of the Immediate Teeth option and was fit with implants and a temporary bridge late last summer. She has since received her permanent denture and says she couldn’t be happier.

“Dr. Sherberg and his staff were wonderful,” Jane raves. “They took very good care of me, and from a postop standpoint there was never an issue. Everything went very well, and one of the things that I really like about Dr. Sherberg is that he is so precise. I was scheduled to receive my permanent bridge just before Christmas two years ago, but it wasn’t quite right, so he wanted me to wait a little longer.

“He said, Jane, I’m sorry, but I want to be sure this is right for you, so he had me come back just after New Year’s, and when I did it fit perfectly. There wasn’t an issue at all, so I was glad he took the extra time to make sure it was just right.

“I want to add that I have the highest regard for Dr. Sherberg as a professional. I trust him implicitly, and I’m very picky about who I go to in the medical field because I know the difference between exceptional and ordinary care.

“I always look for the professional who is spectacular, and Dr. Sherberg is on the leading edge with what he’s doing. I truly could not be more pleased with having him as my dentist, so I recommend him highly to anyone.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photos courtesy of Bayway Dental. mkb
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