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World Class Dentistry’s Dr. Burr Bakke learned to push the envelope on the slopes of the Canadian Rockies

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Dr. Burr Bakke isn’t afraid to think outside the box.  As a dental implantologist for World Class Dentistry , a patient-centered cosmetic and implant reconstruction dental practice in Sarasota, Dr. Bakke prides himself on providing the highest level of patient care, which means he’s constantly exploring the latest surgical techniques and cutting-edge technological advances.  He isn’t afraid to learn new approaches to dental medicine in hopes of further advancing the profession — a practice Dr. Bakke learned from watching his mentors in the surgical field. But that ‘have no-fear, take-charge attitude’ isn’t something Dr. Bakke picked up in dental school. Rather...
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World Class Dentistry Launches Cold Laser Use to Help Aid in the Treatment of TMJ Pain

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World Class Dentistry, a patient-centered cosmetic dental practice in Sarasota that specializes in cutting-edge technology, recently purchased cold laser equipment to launch its use in aiding treatment of pain associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the hinge used to open and close the jaw. This piece of new equipment will bring much-needed pain relief to its patients in as little as 10 minutes. “I love innovation,” said Dr. Jill Morris , an accredited cosmetic dentist and co-owner of World Class Dentistry. “This approach allows us to help alleviate patients’ pain non-invasively. Cold laser equipment has been used now for years...
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How Lasers in Dental Care Can Help Fight Off the Silent Painless Killer Hiding Below the Gum Line

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If you want a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime, you need healthy gums. Maintaining ideal gum health is not only important for holding teeth in place, it also decreases the risk of heart, liver and kidney diseases along with diabetes. Our mouths are filled with bacteria — 800 different types to be exact — and even the slightest oral infection can send that bacteria into the rest of the body through your gums. Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is a silent bacterial infection that occurs between the tooth and the gum pocket, causing redness, swelling and bleeding. And...
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Maintaining Healthy Gums Can Help Combat Diabetes

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There are 800 types of bacteria living inside your mouth, and even the slightest oral infection can send that bacteria into the rest of the body through your gums. If you want a beautiful smile that you can enjoy for a lifetime, healthy gums are critical. Maintaining ideal gum health is not only important for holding teeth in place, it also decreases the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Many people with gum disease are unaware that their gums are infected because they don’t have pain and the infection is down inside the gum pocket. Periodontal disease, commonly referred to...
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World Class Dentistry’s Dr. Bakke Launches a Noninvasive Alternative Approach to Orthodontics

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Dr. Burr Bakke, a dental implantologist and co-owner of World Class Dentistry in Sarasota, is championing a cutting-edge method in dental medicine and taking a noninvasive alternative approach to orthodontics with myofunctional therapy. A gentler, easier approach to orthodontics, myofunctional therapy is an exercise-based treatment designed to teach children how to breathe properly while correcting tongue position and oral muscles of the face at the same time. On Dec. 4 and 5, Dr. Bakke, along with orthodontics technician Jennifer Meyer, attended a course on Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD) and Myofunctional Therapy at the Las Vegas Institute. The two-day course focused...
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Dr. Burr Bakke Attends Symposium on State-of-the-Art Surgical and Prosthetic Strategies

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Dr. Burr Bakke, a dental implantologist and co-owner of World Class Dentistry in Sarasota, recently attended the Full Arch Immediate Reconstruction Pikos Symposium Nov. 2-4, in Orlando. A new technique was one of the focal points during the symposium. Dr. Bakke is among those at the forefront on this cutting-edge smile restoration procedure, having spent the past 14 years, using state-of-the-art technology to create custom smiles for his patients. Through the use of fully guided surgery, a 100 percent restorative process, Dr. Bakke is able to give his patients a new fixed set of permanent teeth the same day of...
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World Class Dentistry celebrates 30 years

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SARASOTA, Fla. — World Class Dentistry , a patient-centered cosmetic and implant dental practice in Sarasota that specializes in cutting-edge technology, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Dr. Jill Morris , an accredited cosmetic dentist, founded the practice in 1987 after graduating from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. “Believe it or not, I couldn’t find an employer who would hire me as an associate,” said Dr. Morris, who initially hoped to join an already-established practice. “It was very rare to have women dentists at the time.” In December, she learned of a dentist in Bradenton who was...
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Myofunctional therapy provides gentler, easier approach to orthodontics

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Anxiety slowly began to set in.  For the third time, Parker received the one diagnosis he had been dreading. He needed braces.  For a child with anxiety issues directly related to his mouth, the thought of having teeth pulled followed by years of braces elicited nothing but fear and stress for the 9-year-old.  While Parker’s parents knew something would eventually need to be done to close the gap between their son’s two front teeth and create additional space for his permanent teeth, they weren’t prepared when one orthodontist’s plan included having to laser Parker’s gums.  “It was insane,” says Parker’s...
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Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club resident is smiling again after finding perfect custom look

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Patricia Gaines wanted to improve her look.  With every passing year, the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club resident noticed her teeth slowly beginning to deteriorate. Patricia didn’t think much about it at first, but over time, she realized it was time for her to get her perfect smile back.  Patricia had seen ads on television for Dr. Jill Morris , an accredited cosmetic dentist who co-owns World Class Dentistry in Sarasota with her husband, Dr. Burr Bakke . Those ads combined with positive feedback she had heard from a friend who had seen Dr. Morris prompted Patricia to make...
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The changing American profile

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  How in the world did we get into the state we're in?  Every day, the dentists at World Class Dentistry see adults in their 40s with sleep apnea and temporormadibular joint syndrome (TMJ) pain. At the beginning of the career for Dr. Burr Bakke , a dental implantologist and co-owner of World Class Dentistry in Sarasota, these problems didn’t occur until the later years when adults were in their 60s. Today, he sees young children who are experiencing sleep apnea, underdeveloped faces and receding chins. Their jaws are too small for their teeth even though genetically they were programmed...
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