Wisdom teeth removal, like any major surgery, can be stressful. From the initial consultation to the final recovery, it is imperative the oral surgeon and the patient take the necessary steps to ensure a successful surgery.

Wisdom teeth (the third molars) are the last teeth to come through the gums. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not need to be removed. Unfortunately, most people have room in their mouth for only 28 teeth, not 32.

There are several benefits of having your wisdom teeth removed and Dr. Burnham shares a few of the top benefits below.

  1. Pain Reduction – Wisdom teeth erupting through sensitive gum tissue causes intense pain. As wisdom teeth erupt, surrounding teeth begin to shift changing an individual’s bite. The wisdom teeth push against nerves causing intense pain, headaches and chewing difficulties. Wisdom teeth removal can end this pain.
  2. Infection Prevention – Erupted wisdom teeth can partially break through gums, but fail to fully come in. This can lead to a huge risk of infection as food particles and bacteria can become trapped between the teeth and/or gums. Wisdom tooth removal is a great way to eliminate that risk.
  3. Netflix/Clearing DVR – With any surgery, there is a recovery time. Luckily, the recovery time for wisdom teeth removal is relatively short. However, you will still have time to catch up on your favorite shows.
  4. Ice Cream/Smoothies – Did I mention there is a short recovery time? During that time, you will not be able to eat any hard foods so ice cream and smoothies are always great options during this time.

With any surgery, there are pros and cons. A healthy relationship between the patient and oral surgeon is essential to deciding if wisdom tooth removal is the best course of action.

If you think you are ready to have your wisdom teeth removed or interested in a consultation, please contact Burnham Oral Surgery at 303.451.6767 and schedule an appointment.

Hello All. Hope everyone is having a great summer. We are quickly rolling through 2017 and it has been a great year at Burnham Oral Surgery. The past six months here have been really exciting and I wanted to dedicate this blog post to discuss some of the new, great things we have going on here.

In March, Dr. Anne Stearns joined the practice after spending the previous year at Summit Oral & Implant Surgery in Loveland, Colo. Dr. Stearns brings a wealth of knowledge to the practice and I could not be more thrilled to work with her. She will give you more background on herself next week when she shares her first blog post. Be sure to check back on Wednesday, Aug. 9th, for that.

In May, Burnham Oral Surgery was named 2017 Top Dentist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery  by 5280 Magazine. This was a tremendous honor and I am truly thankful for the recognition. But really, it is about the Burnham Oral Surgery team.

Since the practice began, we have been open four days per week. With Dr. Stearns in place and a great team, it is finally time to open our doors five days per week. I’m thrilled we have this team in place to better serve the needs of the community and thankful for the opportunity.

The new office hours begin on Monday, August 7th.

Our goal has always been to provide personalized care and comfort throughout your treatment. We hope we have fulfilled that promise.

We’d love to hear from you on how you think we are doing. Please be sure to leave us review on our new reviews page. You can find the link here to get started.

Be sure to check back next week to learn more about Dr. Stearns.

 

 

Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you. A healthy, full smile can impact personal and professional relationships. If you are afraid to show your smile due to a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants are the solution for you.

Dental implants are the closest resemblance to your natural teeth of any tooth replacement solution. Single or full-mouth implants can restore your smile and dental implants act just like your regular teeth.

A healthy, full smile is also important to oral and overall health. When a tooth is lost, it can affect the surrounding teeth causing them to drift into the space where the tooth had been. This can lead to shifts in your bite and the fracturing of other teeth.

Dental implants have the most positive impact on both short and long-term dental health. The implant will function and appear like natural teeth. Furthermore, dental implants will strengthen your jawbone to prevent bone loss.

With proper care and attention, your dental implants will last you a life time.

At Burnham Oral Surgery, we use advanced digital technology to plan and place your implants. A 3-D image will be obtained and digital virtual surgery technology will be utilized to ensure the best placement of the implant. We will explain your treatment to you in detail so that you have a good understanding of the procedures and technology that we use. Some of tools that we use are 3-D imaging, surgical guides and digital scanning to replace messy impressions.

Your new smile awaits.

Schedule a consultation with Burnham Oral Surgery and reclaim your healthy, full smile.

Technological advances and practices have greatly benefited Oral and Maxillofacial over the past few decades. One of the greatest advancements has been the dental implant.

Today, more and more people are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth. Whether the tooth was lost due to an accident or disease, the dental implant is the best long-term solution for replacing missing teeth and can last a lifetime with proper care.

When a tooth is lost, it can affect the surrounding teeth causing them to drift into the space where the tooth had been. This can lead to shifts in your bite and the fracturing of other teeth. Once a tooth is lost, the bone in that area will begin to shrink and deteriorate.

A dental implant will prevent bone deterioration and shifting of the surrounding teeth.

Officially known as an Endosteal Implant, these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture

To be a candidate for a dental implant, you must have healthy gums and adequate bone structure to support the implant.

Patient commitment is also crucial as regularly scheduled dental visits and maximum oral hygiene are critical to overall long-term success. According to The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAMOS), dental implants have an overall success rate of 95 percent.

Dental implants aren’t relegated to single tooth procedures. It can be done for multiple teeth or a full mouth.

I’ll discuss that in my next blog post.

Hope everyone’s summer is off to a great start!

I just returned from a wonderful family vacation and received the news that I have been named 2017 Top Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Top Dentist by 5280 Magazine.

This is a tremendous honor. I’m thankful for the recognition, I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve the community and I’m thankful for all my great colleagues.

While this is a great individual award, this award is really about Kristin, Andi, Lauren, Rosanna, Linda, Bobbi, Kayla, Caitlin, Chelsea, Melanie, Janet, Jessica and Miriam.

When the doors opened at 300 East 128th Avenue on September 12, 2006, my vision consisted of two promises to the community: 1) A state-of-the-art facility to handle all oral and maxillofacial needs and 2) a team of dedicated, talented and hard-working individuals that embrace the privilege of providing care to the community.

While the facility assessment is subjective in nature, there is no denying the professionalism, skill, compassion and hard work of the Burnham Oral Surgery Team.

From day-to-day operations to patient follow-up, each Team member attacks the task at hand with the same mindset – provide personalized dental care, comfort and service.

It’s a Team effort here and I’m so proud that this Team has been recognized by 5280.

I would be remiss if I didn’t include a quick thank you to Dr. Anne Stearns. Since joining the practice in March, she has hit the ground running, embraced the culture and allowed me to take vacation =).

Thank you again to the Burnham Oral Surgery Team. You all are the reason for the success of this practice. I became an oral surgeon for one reason: to help people.

I never imagined this would include being surrounded by an amazing and talented group of individuals… The Burnham Oral Surgery Team.

 

 

Over the past few weeks, I created a blog series to help potential and/or current patients know what to expect when having their wisdom teeth removed. To share that information, the Wisdom Teeth Removal three-part blog series has headlined the Burnham Oral Surgery website over the past six weeks.

In Part One of the series, the consultation phase was outlined. The consultation is the first and perhaps most important step when it comes to wisdom teeth removal and any major procedure. This process is a learning session for both the patient and the oral surgeon. This ultimately leads to a safe and thoroughly planned extraction.

The extraction, Part Two of the series, is the point when your oral surgeon uses their years of extensive training to help you achieve optimal oral health while providing you with the most comfortable experience.

As noted in the previous post, after the wisdom teeth are removed, you will rest under supervision in your oral surgeon’s office until you are ready to be taken home. This is when the third and final phase begins. The Recovery.

The recovery phase is the patient’s greatest responsibility to ensure there is no need for additional treatment and there will be nothing but positive discussions during the post-operative appointment.

While there is no set time for recovery (due to difficulty of procedure, number of teeth extracted, etc.), recovery is typically three to five days and can last up to one week. It is imperative during this time that you follow all instructions that were given to you by your oral surgeon. This is your best bet to be back healthy and eating solids before you know it.

If you do encounter complications, don’t be afraid to reach out to your care provider. It is better to address the issue early and not let it exacerbate.

That’s it. It is really simple. To be cliché, follow the doctor’s orders!

Having a major surgery, even with ample preparation and education, can be an uneasy experience. The following post is the second entry of a three-part series discussing the major phases of wisdom teeth removal.

In my last blog post, I discussed the initial stage of wisdom teeth removal –  The Consultation. Now that the consultation is complete and your surgery is scheduled it is time for The Extraction.

Wisdom teeth removal is often an outpatient procedure, meaning that you will return home shortly afterwards (on the same day).

On the day of your procedure, medication will be provided to minimize pain and swelling post surgery. Additionally, your oral surgeon will use one of three types of anesthesia. The three types are:

  • Local anesthesia
  • Conscious sedation
  • Intravenous (IV) general anesthesia

Based on the complexity of your surgery (and sometimes on the preference of the patient), the determination will be made on the type of anesthesia that is most appropriate for you.

Once you are in the chair and sedated, the surgery will begin. In some cases, you may feel pressure during the surgery. This is perfectly normal and mainly occurs due to widening of the tooth socket to remove the tooth.

After the wisdom teeth are removed, the gums may be sutured (stiches). You will rest under supervision in your oral surgeon’s office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your take home kit should include postoperative care instructions to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.

A follow-up will be scheduled for the following week to check your healing process.

You will be back to normal in no time!

 

Interested in beginning your wisdom teeth extraction journey? Contact Burnham Oral Surgery at 303.451.6767 or follow this link to fill out the contact form.

Having a major surgery, even with ample preparation and education, can be an uneasy experience. The following post is the first entry of a three-part series discussing the major phases of wisdom tooth removal which includes:

  • Consultation
  • Extraction
  • After care

The consultation is the first and perhaps most important step when it comes to any major procedure. This process is a learning session for both the patient and the oral surgeon. The patient will have the opportunity to ask questions such as:

  • What to expect during the upcoming procedure
  • Estimates of recovery time
  • Healing process
  • Cost

It is the job of the oral surgeons to educate you with as much knowledge as possible to assist you in the decision-making process.

Likewise, the oral surgeon will use this opportunity to learn more about the patient’s condition to ensure they are taking the proper course of action. Some questions that patients should expect or be prepared to answer include:

  • Current medications including over the counter medications
  • Drug allergies
  • Health history
  • Current pain or discomfort with oral hygiene
  • Anesthesia history

The oral surgeon will also perform an examination and take a x-ray at the time of consultation. As discussed in a previous post, The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) strongly recommends that wisdom teeth be evaluated on an annual basis. Although you may not feel pain or notice any problems with your teeth, by the time it does happen – it may be too late.

Schedule that consultation today!

 

For a wisdom tooth consultation at Burnham Oral Surgery, please contact us at 303.451.6767 or follow this link to fill out the contact form.

Wisdom Teeth are the last teeth to come through the gums. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth don’t need to be taken out. Unfortunately, most people have room in their mouth for only 28 teeth, not 32.

And, pain free doesn’t mean problem free when it comes to wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth often lead to:

  • Pain or infection
  • Gum disease or decay in adjacent teeth
  • Crowding or malalignment of other teeth
  • Interference with dental or orthodontic treatment
  • Cysts

Although you may not feel pain or notice any problems, by the time it does happen – it may be too late. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) strongly recommends that wisdom teeth, or third molars, be evaluated on an annual basis.

Wisdom tooth removal is a case-by-case situation. At Burnham Oral Surgery, with an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, we can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems.

Our state-of-the art technology, such as 3D imaging and digital X-rays, help us see the exact position of your wisdom teeth within the jaw and help us plan a safe plan of action/surgery for you.

Don’t wait until the problem begins. Your oral health is important and the goal at Burnham Oral Surgery is to provide you with personalized care and comfort throughout your treatment.

Please call our office at 303.451.6767 to schedule a consultation and ensure your oral health.

It has been a while since my last blog post.

2017 is off to a great start and I’m excited to announce (for anyone that may have missed it) that Dr. Anne Stearns has joined the practice in a full-time capacity. Dr. Stearns spent 2016 at Summit Oral & Implant Surgery in Loveland where she practiced all aspects of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Stearns shares my vision for exceptional patient care and I’m thoroughly excited that she is part of our team.

Additionally, the 5280 Study Club has seen strong participation numbers with colleagues from all over the Front Range gathering monthly to discuss a host of topics ranging from implant biomechanics to treatment planning.

April’s topic focused on clinical treatment planning and we reviewed a case provided by Seattle Study Club which was presented by Drs. Andrea Ricci, Federico Ferraris, Caterina Ricci and Fransesco Ferrari.

In the case, a 54-year-old patient presented after consultations with several other dentists whom all proposed different treatment plans. Considering the patient’s past and desired oral expectations, Study Club teams were configured to discuss treatment plan options.

From the breakout sessions, five key takeaways were discussed when planning treatment.

  1. The need to discuss the patient’s chief concern
  2. Determine the etiology of the patient’s current oral health
  3. Establish and discuss realistic expectations with the patient
  4. Determine patient’s commitment to achieving oral success
  5. Consideration of dental relapse

These five takeaways were discussed and presented by each group as we developed a treatment plan for the patient. Although most methods of treatment were agreed upon by the groups, there was some dispute. The disputes were healthy as they allowed us all to understand different methodologies that can help patients and all were accepted because it focused on providing a personalized experience with an emphasis on comfort and service.

Next month, the 5280 Study Club will reconvene with Dr. Nick Egbert to discuss “All-on-4” Alternatives.

Hope to see you there!

Michael Burnham