Business Profile: BlueWave Dentistry

by Mar 25, 2019Brunswick County Life, North Brunswick


BlueWave welcomes Dr. David Vurnakes, DMD

Patients at BlueWave Dentistry in Leland now have one more reason to smile. Dr. David Vurnakes, DMD, recently joined the practice, bringing a wealth of experience and a passion for helping people.
A Wilmington native, Vurnakes attended N.C. State University with plans to study architecture. He soon realized, however, that it wasn’t the profession he ultimately wanted; instead, he felt called to pursue a career in which he could help others in need. He was interested in medicine by found dentistry to be a better fit.

“I was pleasantly surprised to discover that dentistry actually shares a lot of the same concepts as architecture,” he says. “With architecture, you have to have a picture of what you’re designing in your mind and then be able to reproduce it, which is very similar to dentistry. You have to visualize the anatomy of the tooth and be able to design a way to fix whatever problem exists.”

In 2010 Vurnakes became a dental assistant and also started working with the North Carolina Dental Society Foundation’s Missions of Mercy. For two years he helped run the program’s traveling dental clinics, providing free services for people across the state.

“It was during this time that I really found a passion for helping people through dentistry,” he says. “When I got into dental school, I changed roles and continued with Missions of Mercy as a dental student volunteer. Finally after school, I was excited to volunteer my services as a dentist.”

After graduating from dental school at East Carolina University in 2016, Vurnakes spent the next few years working in a solo practice in Morehead City. But he kept feeling the call to come back to the Wilmington area. Late last year, Vurnakes reached out to a longtime family friend, Dr. Chad Biggerstaff of BlueWave Dentistry. Since Biggerstaff’s partner, Dr. John Sweeney, was already preparing to leave the practice, the timing was perfect, and Vurnakes soon made his way to Leland.

“It’s been really exciting for me, and a super easy transition,” he says. “This practice has a great reputation within the community, so my goal and hope is to continue and only improve upon that.”

As a general dentist, Vurnakes’ work also includes cosmetic dentistry, extractions, root canals and surgery. When not seeing patients, both he and Biggerstaff focus on continuing their education, as learning is passion both men share.

“Our office has a lot of technology, and we want to make sure we always know how to use it effectively to be able to provide the best dental care we can,” Vurnakes says.

When not in the office, Vurnakes spends much of his free time outside golfing and boating, as well as hanging out with Jerry, his new golden retriever puppy. As he looks towards the future, he says he would love to see BlueWave Dentistry continue to grow and maintain the standard of excellence that Sweeney and Biggerstaff started.

“We always take the extra time to go over everything and get to know our patients,” Vurnakes says. “That way we can make a good, long-term plan and not just fix things as they break. We focus on a patient’s overall oral health and how it relates to their general health. I think we’ve got a great reputation in Brunswick County and with the patients that have been with the practice from the beginning. I’m excited about meeting the new people moving to our area every day.”

Brought to you by: BlueWave Dentistry: 1300 S. Dickinson Drive, Leland; (910) 383-2615;

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