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 surgery.
The one-of-a-kind program featured 16 of the world’s Master Clinicians, who shared their surgical and restorative protocols for full arch immediate reconstruction with clinicians from 41 states and seven countries.
During the symposium, clinicians advanced their knowledge of the latest dental trends, techniques and clinically relevant and evidence based state-of-the-art surgical and prosthetic strategies for full arch immediate reconstruction.
“It was nice to see people from all around the world, how they do it and to get their slant on things,” said Dr. Bakke. “There are always new devices and ways to do anything better. We’ve been doing this new top-of-the-line procedure for almost a year now. It’s just an incredible technique for patients that accomplishes amazing results.”
Prior to the conference, on Nov. 1, Dr. Bakke participated in several pre-conference hands-on workshops, including the All-on-4 Treatment Concept: A Surgical-Prosthetic Blueprint for Success and the Zygoma Implant Treatment Concept.
A cost-efficient technique, the All-on-4 treatment concept provides patients with a fixed full arch set of implants in a single day. Patients can choose from three to four different techniques, depending on how much bone and permanent teeth they may have.
“There are several ways to do these that fit within a lot of budgets,” said Dr. Bakke.
During the Zygoma Implant Treatment Concept workshop, Dr. Bakke learned about the latest form of dental implant surgery in which the implant is placed into the cheekbone from inside the mouth. The technique is particularly pertinent to patients that have dentures and not enough bone to place a traditional implant.
“It’s designed for patients who have very little bone left in their upper jaw,” said Dr. Bakke. “When you wear dentures for years and years, you lose bone overtime. This technique uses a longer implant.”
The majority of the denture population is unable to chew food well enough to fully break it down. As a result, the food isn’t fully absorbed when it hits the stomach, producing intestinal issues as well as other diseases, such as IBS, ulcers and intestinal problems.
One of the primary ways to alleviate the issue is by giving patients a fixed permanent set of teeth they can chew with.
“Having dentures is like being in wheelchair,” said Dr. Bakke. “Would you want to spend your life in wheelchair if you could get a new pair of titanium legs, get up and walk around? It’s the same idea with your teeth. If you can’t chew and taste just because of your dentures, why wouldn’t you want to make a change?”
About World Class Dentistry®
Dr. Jill Morris opened the doors to World Class Dentistry® in 1987. She and her husband, Dr. Burr Bakke, have 60 years of combined talent and expertise. With advanced training and the latest equipment, the doctors are leaders in the field and teach many pioneering techniques. The team at World Class Dentistry can comprehensively treat a patient with a multitude of issues at the Sarasota facility, which maintains the quality control and streamlines treatment. With a focus on individualized patient care and connection, the doctors and their on-site dental laboratory technician offer implant surgery, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, biological dentistry and more. Located at 3951 Swift Road in Sarasota, World Class Dentistry is one of only a small number of area practices that have a Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC)®, which is a machine that enables the doctors to fabricate and place exceptional restorations right in their Sarasota office. For more information, visit www.SarasotaDentist.com or call 941-451-5543.
About Dr. Burr Bakke
Dr. Bakke has over 35 years of experience in providing the highest level of patient care, with a commitment that puts him at the forefront of implant dentistry. He places the implants and the final restorations so his patients receive total comprehensive care in one office.
Dr. Bakke provides each patient with a very thoughtfully engineered treatment plan incorporating his surgical experience and other clinical aspects. His study of neuromuscular dentistry is applied to assure correct jaw position and bite alignment. Recognizing patients’ desires for aesthetically pleasing smiles as well as highly functioning teeth, Dr. Bakke applies his extensive cosmetic training to create these beautiful smiles.
This extensive background has earned Dr. Bakke a reputation for excellence. He was a clinical instructor in full mouth rehabilitation at the Las Vegas Institute (LVI) for Advanced Dental Studies, where he educated dentists from around the world. He is a 1980 graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry and practiced for 24 years at the Dallas Center of Esthetic Dentistry. He relocated in 2004 to Sarasota, Fla., to be part of Dr. Jill Morris’ World Class Dentistry team.