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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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How the treatment of dry mouth can prevent decay

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We’ve all experienced dry mouth – that feeling that there’s not enough saliva in the mouth, at some point in our lives. Everyone has dry mouth once in a while. If it’s frequent, however, it can lead to serious dental health problems and tooth loss. Food and bacterial plaque stick to the teeth for longer periods of time causing decay. There are several factors creating the problem. Salivary glands stop producing as much saliva, which could be caused by low vitamin D and K2 levels. Dry mouth is also created by many heart medications, and allergy and anti-depressants cause a...
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Could mouth breathing be taking years off of your child’s life?

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Dr. Jill Morris , dentist and co-owner of World Class Dentistry ® in Sarasota, is continually getting referrals for patients from sleep centers and doctors. She is a contributing author of the book “Stories that Heal.” In the book, she describes her own story of childhood mouth breathing and the many health issues it lead to in her own life and those of her patients. Why you ask? The answer is simple. Dental jaw development and sleep go hand-in-hand. It may not seem like the two would be linked, but the size of your dental arches and shape of your...
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Why maintaining a healthy smile is key to improving your overall well being

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Our mouths are a visual representation of our overall health and well being, but it’s what lies beneath the gum line that tells the real story. Eighty percent of American adults have periodontal (gum) disease and inflammation — they just may not know it. Gum disease forms underneath the gums, and more often than not, it’s completely painless. Our mouths are full of bacteria. The bacteria, along with mucous and other particles, form plaque that adheres to your teeth. If the plaque isn’t removed, it can harden and form tartar, which can become increasingly harmful the longer it’s left on...
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Dr. Burr Bakke’s extensive experience places him at the forefront of implant dentistry

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Dr. Burr Bakke has never been one to shy away from getting his hands dirty. Growing up, Dr. Bakke wanted to be a surgeon. A lot of his friends’ dads were surgeons, and Dr. Bakke believed that medicine, particularly surgery, would be the perfect fit for him as well. But that all changed one summer when Dr. Bakke, a Texas native who moved to Canada in seventh grade, returned to San Antonio to visit a friend whose dad was a neurosurgeon. In the six weeks that Dr. Bakke spent with his friend, he maybe saw his friend’s dad for 25...
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Dr. Jill Morris is changing patients' lives one smile at a time

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The path toward cosmetic dentistry was anything but conventional for Dr. Jill Morris . She didn’t spend hours cleaning her dolls’ teeth or dreaming about becoming a dentist. As a child, the idea of being a dentist never really crossed her mind. In fact, Dr. Morris didn’t know what she wanted to be when she grew up. It wasn’t until a fellow classmate threw out the notion of becoming a dentist that Dr. Morris, who was 17 at the time, first envisioned a dental career. “I thought it sounded like a good idea,” says Dr. Morris, a cosmetic dentist who...
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