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.

 

 

Michael

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

This is how Benjamin Burnham describes his final scene choice for the beautiful mural in Dr. Burnham’s new Thornton, Colorado dental office. The mural depicts the San Juan Upper Valley, south of the Wolf Creek pass, just after sunrise. It was a great choice. The connotations of renewal and rebirth reinforces the passion the team at Burnham Oral Surgery has for helping patients discover renewed health and beauty in their smiles.

Developing the studies and sketches for the mural was the first time Benjamin Burnham had worked with acrylics and he spent a great deal of time testing the materials and methods to be used on the actual, full-sized mural. Clearly the medium was a natural choice for the artist. The mural welcomes patients as they enter the doors, celebrating the gift of nature Coloradans enjoy and filling the office with warmth and light. The valley was also an inspiration for Burnham Oral Surgery’s new logo.

“The valley was a key feature on many family outings through Southern Colorado. I find it truly spectacular, and I plan to paint it through the seasons,” noted Benjamin Burnham.

We welcome you to view the new mural and tour our fantastic new office.

Evening Light Study OilSan Juan Upper Valley, Evening Light Study
Oil on linen, 2013
Benjamin BurnhamThis is an early exploration of the valley in the evening light, as well as an attempt to arrange the foreground elements for the best compositional effect.
Monochrome StudySan Juan Upper Valley, Monochrome Study
Charcoal and white pastel on paper, 2012
Benjamin Burnham

Morning Light StudySan Juan Upper Valley, Morning Light Study
Oil on linen, 2013
Benjamin BurnhamThis painting depicts the valley just after sunrise. I found this scene more appropriate for the mural project than the sunset scene, due to its connotations of renewal and rebirth. A new day for a new office.