My name is David S Clary and I am a board certified Prosthodontist. I was in school from the age of five until I was thirty. I went to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1973 and stayed there for ten years! I completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics and also DDS degree. I decided to stay at Emory for two more years after dental school and completed a residency in prosthodontics. I love being involved with a team of dental specialists in restoring and replacing missing teeth. After ten years at Emory I decided to accept a fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry at the Milwaukee VAMC and also was able to teach, take courses, and do research at Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI. The time and training spent in my fellowship gave me the insight and unique skills to take care of the special dental needs and the impact of their medical health issues.
Having grown up in the south I knew that I was better at sweating than shivering and decided that I needed to leave the frozen north and return down south and moved to Naples, FL. Most importantly I met my wife and partner in practice Dr. Barbara A. Fueredi while at Marquette...that also was ready to leave the cold.
I was very fortunate to have spent eight years in dental schools and saw that due to the constant innovation and the changing technology in dentistry that I would have to be a student all of my life. I read multiple dental journals, dental books, watch videos, and attend many continuing dental education programs every year. I have been fortunate to have trained with some of the most respected clinicians in the world and embrace the newest proven techniques to obtain the most predictable results that address our patients needs and desires regarding dental esthetics, phonetics, comfort and function.
I am a member of the ADA, FDA, WCDA, and the CCDA. I am also a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists and have memberships in the International College of Prosthodontists, the Florida Prosthodontic Association, and the Academy of Osseointegration. I have been the president multiple organizations including the Florida Prosthodontic Association, the Collier County Dental Association, the Florida Section of the American College of Prosthodontists, and the Collier County Unit of the American Cancer Society. I also have been involved in the Florida Dental Association Political Action Committee addressing issues that concern the dental profession and the dental concerns of patients.
I love addressing the wants and needs of patients- from replacing a single tooth with an implant or a bridge, restoring a single tooth to ideal form and function, to a full mouth reconstruction. Being a Prosthodontist allows me to utilize multiple techniques and assemble a team of dental specialists when needed to provide the best possible solution. I also believe that we need to provide each and every patient with any and all alternative treatment options and want the patient to be intimately involved in the decision process. It is fun to have a patient excited at the completion of any treatment, telling us that everything feels great and looks natural! Although I have also completed a fellowship in dental geriatrics, I enjoy treating the adolescent that has congenitally missing teeth as well as meeting the unique needs of our senior citizens. We truly create generations of smiles!
We are able to spend the time needed to perform the treatment, but are also able to get to know our patients as people. Everyday my patients share with me some part of their lives and they teach me to be a better person. It has often been said that you should never treat a stranger. I am hopeful that I will not only ever treat a stranger ... But by the end of treatment, I have made a new friend. I always try to treat all patients as if they are family, or as I want myself to be treated.
I graduated from dental school in 1981 and have been able to practice clinical dentistry in multiple settings. I have treated patients in academic centers, VA hospitals, in Army Dental Clinics as a Reserve Officer in the Dental Corps, volunteer clinics, and in our own private practice since 1985 in Naples, Florida. I always enjoyed science, using my hands, and helping people- therefore dentistry seemed to be a great fit. Prosthodontics gave me the unique knowledge and skills to solve complex dental problems and to work with a other dental specialists and physicians when a team approach offers the best solution. In our office we have a patient centered philosophy and all of our team members are there to give each and every patient a WOW experience. We also have a certified dental technician that helps design the restorations, select the shades, and are present at the time of delivery of crowns and bridges if necessary. The ability to have a lab technician at our office gives us the chance to create life-like restorations.
Our office spends the time necessary to listen our patients chief concern. We obtain the data needed to determine what dental problems exist and what we can do to solve the problem, and utilize other health care professionals to help give our patients the necessary care.
I was born in Spartanburg, SC and lived there until I was 10 years old. We then moved to the Atlanta, GA area and lived there for four years until we moved to Savannah, GA. I graduated from Windsor Forest High School in Savannah in 1973.... and then off to college.
We moved to Naples in 1985, built a building, and started a dental practice from the ground up.
My wife, Dr. Barbara A. Fueredi and I have been married since 1984 and have three dogs-Rhodesian Ridgebacks. When I am not at work I spend time with my wife and dogs, read, and work out at a gym. My wife and I enjoy the company of friends and family and enjoy many of the restaurants in our area. My wife and I have been blessed with being able to travel around the world. We have been able to see most of the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. I also have traveled to Peru and hiked the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu.
I am a current events junkie and have been hooked since I first read the Weekly Reader in elementary school. I read multiple newspapers, non- fiction books, and believe that we all need to be informed citizens. I love this country and believe that all of us need to make sure that America will be better and stronger for the next generation.
Being a Prosthodontist allows me to help others look better and feel better due to their improved oral health. We want all our patients to maintain their teeth all of their lives in a healthy state, replace what is missing, and prevent future problems. We truly enjoy creating generations of smiles.