Pinellas Dentist Provides One-Stop Shop

He has the technology and skill to perform virtually any dental procedure.

If you think the weeks leading up to Christmas make for the busiest time of year for UPS drivers, David Vecchio urges you to think again.

David greatly appreciates the convenience offered by Bayway Dental.

As a UPS driver with more than 35 years of experience, David will tell you the winter holidays are indeed hectic, but they’re no longer the busiest part of the calendar.

“The fact that we always hire extra help during Christmas lightens the load a bit, so that’s one factor,” David explains. “But after Christmas, most of those drivers are let go, and then you always have that influx of winter visitors into Florida. You put it all together, for me, January through May have become the busiest by far.

“And it’s gotten even busier in the couple of years since COVID-19 hit. There are a lot more people having things shipped to their homes now instead of going out and getting them, so there are some days when I start at 5:30 in the morning and I’ll be delivering until 7:30 or 8 at night.”

With hours like that, David says he has long struggled to find time for after-work activities. Unfortunately, he has also struggled to keep good tabs on his health. His oral health, in particular, has suffered as a result of his dedication to his job.

“For years, because I worked the hours that I did, I put off my health, and my teeth was one of those things that I ignored,” David confirms. “Then, just as I was starting to have some problems a couple of years ago, my dentist retired.

“I had two teeth that had become very sensitive, one on the upper left and another on the bottom left. I knew they were only going to get worse, so I started searching for a new dentist. Eventually, a buddy at work referred me to Dr. Sherberg.”

Restoration Begins

David Sherberg, DMD, FAGD, of Bayway Dental in St. Petersburg, has the technology and skill to perform virtually any dental procedure and can treat anxious patients through sedation dentistry.

“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 confirms. “We do root canals, crowns, dentures, implants, veneers, extractions, pretty much everything.

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

In addition to catering to patients with dental anxiety, Dr. Sherberg often treats patients who have long neglected their oral health or have complex problems. David, who first visited Dr. Sherberg in November 2020, fell into that category.

“When David first came to us, he was suffering from a mild case of periodontal disease; he had multiple abscesses and several cavities that were going to require extensive work,” Dr. Sherberg details. “He was also missing some teeth.”

David was initially interested in taking care of what was then the most pressing problem, those two teeth causing him discomfort. However, after discussing his case with Dr. Sherberg, David decided to commit to a smile makeover.

“Dr. Sherberg did a very thorough examination with x-rays and everything, and when we sat down and talked about it, he did a great job of explaining what he could do for me,” David relates. “I decided it was best to get everything taken care of.”

The smile restoration began with a thorough cleaning, one David describes as “the best I’ve ever had.” That took care of the gum disease and laid the foundation for the work that followed.

“As I said, David had a mild case of periodontal disease, with pockets of five to six millimeters around his teeth,” Dr. Sherberg states. “After a round of root scaling and planing, we got those pockets down to two or three millimeters.

“That’s healthy dentition, and it is something we always want to make sure we have before we move forward in a case like this. It’s imperative to have a healthy foundation. The success of the work that follows depends on it.”

Change of Plans

Dr. Sherberg moved on to root canals on the abscessed teeth, filling the cavities where possible, replacing the missing teeth with bridges or dental implants, and crowning David’s remaining healthy teeth.

However, the plan changed due to unforeseen problems, including the discovery of a tooth deemed unsalvageable because of the amount of decay in it.

“That was tooth No. 18, a lower left molar,” Dr. Sherberg reports. “We originally planned to create a bridge from that tooth to No. 20, the second premolar, but 18 was not salvageable so we took out 18 and gave him implants on 18 and 19.”

Dental implants are root-shaped, screw-like bodies that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once the implant is in the jawbone, new bone naturally grows around it to form the foundation for an abutment and replacement teeth.

“The smile that Dr. Sherberg gave me is incredible. I’m a lot happier than I ever thought I’d be.” – David

The replacement teeth can be a single crown that is either cemented or screwed onto the 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.

Some patients require a bone graft designed to enhance the volume of the jawbone so it can properly support the implant.

Bone grafts are not always necessary, but with patients who have been missing teeth for many years, a graft is sometimes required because bone mass deteriorates when there is no pressure from chewing, which stimulates natural bone regeneration.

Bone grafts are typically done when the implants are seated. The implants then need at least three months to heal to a point where they can support a prosthetic. During the healing period, patients are usually fit with temporary replacement teeth.

David did not require bone grafting. According to Dr. Sherberg, he was “able to pop the implants into the areas where David was missing teeth,” which included the lower left molar and a lower right molar and premolar.

“We also had to do an unplanned root canal on tooth No. 21, the first bicuspid on the lower left, because we discovered an abscess there while I was preparing that tooth for a crown,” Dr. Sherberg adds.

Time and Money Saver

Dr. Sherberg’s ability to perform the root canal and seat the implants meant that David did not need to make appointments with another dentist to have those procedures performed. That saved him time and money.

BEFORE

“Typically, when you have a situation like that where we find a problem and someone suddenly needs a root canal, you stop what you’re doing, send the patient to an endodontist and then have the endodontist perform the root canal.

“Then the patient comes back again so you can finish up the work on the crown. In this case, the root canal was completed in the same visit and no time was lost because no other appointments had to be made with other doctors.”

Considering his busy work schedule, David was more than pleased he was able to get an unexpected problem resolved without having to visit another dentist at a different time. He was even more pleased with the results of Dr. Sherberg’s work.

In all, Dr. Sherberg seated three implants, created two bridges and placed crowns on more than a dozen of David’s healthy teeth. The result is a smile that David never thought he’d have and is proud to show off.

“Years ago, David expounds, “I had a Bell’s palsy attack that took away a little bit of the muscle tone on the left side of my face. Bell’s palsy is a sudden weakness in a facial muscle due to a damaged facial nerve.

“It didn’t really bother me, but ever since then I have always had this attitude that I was never going to have a perfect smile,” David continues. “But the smile that Dr. Sherberg gave me is incredible. I’m a lot happier than I ever thought I’d be. There is a very noticeable change for the better that I get a lot of compliments on.

“Just the other day, two people at work said something about it. They were like, Wow, your smile, your teeth, I can really tell you had some work done, and it looks great. So I am very pleased, and I absolutely recommend Dr. Sherberg. He does great work.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. David’s photo by Jordan Pysz. Dr. Sherberg photo courtesy of Bayway Dental. David’s before photo courtesy of Bayway Dental. mkb

 

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