SARASOTA, Fla. — Dr. Burr Bakke, a dental implantologist and co-owner of World Class Dentistry® in Sarasota, has taken a fully guided approach to smile restoration.
For the past year, Dr. Bakke has been using state-of-the-art computer-generated technology to create custom smiles for his patients. Through the use of fully guided surgery, Dr. Bakke is able to give his patients a new fixed set of teeth the day of surgery.
“They get this absolutely incredibly designed smile the way they want it,” Dr. Bakke says. “We want our patients to look as good as they can.”
The process to a new smile begins with a single computerized tomography or CT scan in Dr. Bakke’s office. With the aid of the scan, Dr. Bakke is able to determine the patient’s bone levels through images of the skull and jaw and create a milled model and a surgical guide.
“He’s not planning from impressions which have inaccuracies,” says Dr. Jill Morris, an accredited cosmetic dentist who co-owns World Class Dentistry with her husband, Dr. Bakke. “He’s planning all of the surgery on the actual skull of the person virtually through the digital CT scan.”
During the surgery, which lasts about one-and-one-half hours for a single arch, the surgical guide is inserted, and from there, Dr. Bakke is able to place the implants where he wants them using correct angulations and depths. The fixed teeth, which are made prior to the surgery, are then screw attached directly into the implants.
Following surgery, patients eat a soft diet for three months before returning to Dr. Bakke’s office to receive their final set of porcelain teeth. The entire process from the digital CT scan, surgery and the final porcelain teeth are all done at World Class Dentistry.
“The patients and I get to plan it all from start to finish,” Dr. Bakke says. “Then they get to leave with a great smile.”
Fully guided surgery is recommended for patients that are wearing dentures or who are about to lose all of their teeth and don’t want dentures.
“The nice thing about fully guided surgery is that it’s a complete surgery,” Dr. Bakke says. “Much like a pilot practices flying with a flight simulator, I complete the surgery twice on the digital scan of the patient’s jaws prior to the real surgery. This helps the surgery appointment go as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.”
Dr. Bakke has performed many comprehensive full mouth reconstructions that involves fitting a top and a bottom set of teeth concurrently.
“Getting the teeth and a permanent smile the same day as surgery — that’s like a miracle,” Dr. Morris says.
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 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.