Lauren is one of the first people you see when you walk into Burnham Oral Surgery. The Sweater to Pants, read more to learn about Lauren and one of her favorite things to do on Saturday morning.

Q: How long have you been at Burnham Oral Surgery?
Lauren: “I have been at Burnham Oral Surgery for two and a half years. My Burniversary is September 8.”

Q: What is your title/role?
Lauren: “My role at the office is front desk. I am usually the first person you see! 😀”

Q: What is your favorite aspect of Burnham Oral Surgery?
Lauren: “My favorite thing about Burnham Oral Surgery is my team is more like my work family. I get to work with incredible people!”

Q: When not at Burnham Oral Surgery, where can you be found in Colorado?
Lauren: When I am not in the office, I am with my daughter and my boyfriend out on adventures. We love roller skating, going to the park and zoo. Also, love making pancakes on Saturday morning.”

Q: What’s something unique that people should know?
Lauren: “I love cooking, I like to try to replicate dishes that I have eaten.”

Jessica is a Surgical Assistant at Burnham Oral Surgery. Read below to learn more about her and the unique talent she displays around the office.

Q: How long have you been with Burnham Oral Surgery/when is your Burniversary?
Jessica: “
I have been with Burnham oral surgery for almost 1 year. March 28th will be my Burniversary.”

Q: What is your favorite aspect of Burnham Oral Surgery?
Jessica: “I know everyone says the team, but the team is just so amazing, they make coming to work so easy. The atmosphere is always so positive. Work doesn’t seem like work when you’re having fun!”

Q: When not at Burnham Oral Surgery, where can you be found in Colorado?
Jessica: “When not at work you can find me with my family. We normally go up to the mountains. Estes Park is one of our favorites, or, if it’s during summer, on a lake somewhere on the boat or jet skiing!”

Q. What’s something unique that people should know?
Jessica: “I wanted to go with food too, but spicy popcorn was already taken by my “work twin” so… I am pretty creative. I LOVE to draw and color and make things for people. I drew almost everyone is the office some cool drawings that are unique to each team member . :)”

Meet Linda.

Read below to learn more about Linda, her favorite things about Burnham Oral Surgery and her love of penguins.

Q: How long have you been with Burnham Oral Surgery/when is your Burniversary?
Linda: “I’ve been with Burnham Oral Surgery for three years and my Burniversary is January 28th.”

Q: Title/Your role
Linda: “I am the Implant Coordinator. I make sure every patient is prepared and properly informed about the implant process.”

Q: What is your favorite thing about Burnham Oral Surgery?
Linda: “My team is the best! Being in the dental industry for 33 years, I have never worked with such an incredible, loving team.”

Q: When not at Burnham Oral Surgery, where can you be found in Colorado?
Linda: “When not at work, my fiance and I love to take long rides on the Harley. I also love spending time with my three incredible kids. The make my life complete!”

Q: What is something unique that people should know?
Linda: I am a huge penguin freak. I have collected them since I was a kid. I am also a huge Blackhawks fan!! Go Hawks!!”



Dr. Stearns received her S.M.A.R.T.™ certification after attending a course in Bryn Mawr, Penn., hosted by Dr. Ernesto Lee, a world-renowned Master Clinician and educator in the fields of Implant and Esthetic Dentistry. He is also the developer of the S.M.A.R.T. Minimally Invasive Bone Grafting Technique.

She is the first Oral Surgeon to receive the certification in Colorado.

Per S.M.A.R.T.™, “The S.M.A.R.T.™ (Subperiosteal Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Ridge Augmentation Technique) bone grafting method requires only a small incision, with no flap elevation, no tenting screws and no membranes. It delivers a xenograft/growth factor mixture to the site, using specially designed instruments and laparoscopic techniques. Boneaugmentation can be performed predictably and with minimal risk of complications. Complex scenarios in the esthetic zone can be treated with fewer procedures, and less risk of soft tissue deformities. The S.M.A.R.T.™ method represents a disruptive technology that will dramatically impact the future of bone grafting.”

This innovative technique will give the ability to correct not only horizontal bony defects but it will also allow the opportunity to address vertical deficits to place implants in the proper position. The S.M.A.R.T.™ technique can also be applied to the posterior mandible where it is often difficult to gain an increase in horizontal and vertical bone. Once the bone graft is completed it will require six months of healing prior to implant placement.

Dr. Lee addressed certain scenarios where this technique can be applied in potential implants that are compromised.

The new technique ultimately allows the patient to have one surgical site instead of a donor and recipient site. It also allows for decreased discomfort and risk of complications is minimal.

At Burnham Oral Surgery, we focus on personalized care for each patient and this new skill will allow us to continue with that promise.

Last month, Dr. Burnham and Dr. Stearns traveled to the Straumann headquarters to tour the facility and learn about innovative solutions for anterior implant therapy. There, they learned more about S.M.A.R.T. and the certification course.

Kayla is a Surgical Assistant with Burnham Oral Surgery. Read below to learn more about Kayla and a questionable, but probably delicious, movie snack idea.

Q: How long have you been with Burnham Oral Surgery/Burniversary?
Kayla: I’ve been with Burnham Oral Surgery for 10 years. My Burniversary is July 16.

Q: Title/Your role?
Kayla: Surgical Assistant

Q: Favorite thing about Burnham Oral Surgery?
Kayla: At Burnham Oral Surgery we are family oriented practice. I love being a part of not only the Burnham Oral Surgery family, but having our patients trust us and being part of their family while we help with your oral surgical needs.

Q: When not at Burnham Oral Surgery, where can you be found in Colorado?
Kayla: When not at Burnham Oral Surgery, I am with my family cheering for my children’s soccer games or exploring everything colorful Colorado has to offer.  I also spend time volunteering at my church teaching Sunday school and helping lead the mid-week Kid’s Club.

Q: What’s something unique that people should know?
Kayla: The best movie snack is mixing popcorn with flaming hot lime Cheetos!

Dr. Burnham and I recently traveled to the Straumann headquarters, which is located right outside of Boston, to tour the facility and learn about innovative solutions for anterior implant therapy.

First and foremost, I must say thank you to our great Straumann reps Dana Wasserman and Colin Duffield for the amazing tour.

The Straumann facilities were top notch. We began our tour at quality assurance to observe where the raw materials meet rigorous specifications to become an implant and components associated with dental implants. Next, we toured through the manufacturing portion of the facility and watched several of the mills drilling abutment screws, healing caps and impression analogs. The tour concluded with getting a first-hand look at the packaging and sterilization process.

In my opinion, the quality control at Straumann is essential to what makes them a great asset to our industry and its commitment to quality, which greatly aligns with the principles at Burnham Oral Surgery, sets them apart from other providers.

While at the facility we were fortunate to attend a lecture by Dr. Ernesto Lee. In his presentation, he focused on the treatment in the esthetic zone and discussed several techniques on preserving the gingiva and abilities to improve the esthetics after implant placement.

Dr. Lee also introduced a new a bone grafting technique S.M.A.R.T (Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Ridge Augmentation Technique). This technique offers the ability to increase both height and width of a bony defect with better outcomes, less pain and fewer complications.

This technique requires additional training and specialized surgical instruments and I will be attending the class in December to learn this skill and begin providing patients with this surgical option.

Be sure to check out my next blog post to hear about the course.


Dr. Stearns

Dr. Burnham was inducted as a Fellow to the American College of Dentists at the ACD 2017 Annual Meeting and Convocation on October 19 in Atlanta.

“This is really awesome and I am truly honored. To be inducted as a Fellow is a great accomplishment. None of this would be possible without the team. Their hard work, attention to detail and positive attitudes resonate throughout the office and it results in excellent patient care that has ultimately led to me being recognized by my peers. This may be an individual recognition, but this is really about the great team around me and the tireless work they put in every day.”

Membership in the American College of Dentists is by invitation only. There are over 7,400 Fellows, active and retired. Fellows are selected based on their contributions to organized dentistry, oral health care, dental research, dental education, the profession, and society.

Approximately 3.5% of dentists are Fellows of the American College of Dentists.

The American College of Dentists is the oldest major honorary organization for dentists. It was founded August 20, 1920 at the Copley-Plaza Hotel in Boston by the President, President-elect, and Secretary of the American Dental Association (then called the National Dental Association) and the President of the National Association of Dental Faculties (precursor of the American Dental Education Association). The College was founded “to elevate the standards of dentistry, to encourage graduate study, and to grant Fellowship to those who have done meritorious work.”

Caitlin is a Surgical Assistant at Burnham Oral Surgery. Read below to learn more about Caitlin, why she enjoys being part of Burnham Oral Surgery and her take on the Star Wars vs Star Trek debate.

Q: In the last team member feature, we learned Andi is known as Pants. Are there other names you go by?
Caitlin: “Caitlin Louise if I’m being sassy at work… or Cady, pronounced like Cadillac, if you want my attention.”

Q: How long have you been with Burnham Oral Surgery?
Caitlin: “Eight official years in January. I also worked a few summers filing charts in high school.”

Q: What is your title and describe in your own words.
Caitlin: “Minister of Magic… but for muggles it’s Surgical Assistant.”

Q: What is your favorite part of working at Burnham Oral Surgery?
Caitlin: “My family! I would be nothing without the girls and Dr. Burnham. They make every day worth waking up early. I’m always trying to make my patients feel as happy and loved as they make me feel.”

Q: When not at Burnham Oral Surgery, where can you be found in Colorado?
Caitlin: “Usually snuggled up with a good book or crochet hook, walking my dog Teyla or at Colorado Krav Maga training… or anything with free food or a free tee shirt.”

Q: Star Wars or Star Trek?
Caitlin: “This is a sore subject in my house, but I have to say Star Trek! I grew up watching the original series and TNG (The Next Generation) with my mom, but I’ve watched all the Star Wars movies. Rogue One is my favorite…. Basically, if it is nerdy or sci-fi you can’t go wrong with me!”

Q: Anything else people should know?
Caitlin: “Tom Hanks is my favorite actor! I could watch Forrest Gump every day!”

In the first episode of The Molar, Dr. Burnham gave an overview of wisdom teeth. In today’s blog, Dr. Stearns expands on that topic and outlines five things you should know.

Why Wisdom Teeth Are Extracted (Removed)
Extraction is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum and even remain trapped, or impacted, beneath the gum and bone.

What are impacted wisdom teeth
An impacted tooth is one that did not fully or properly emerge through the gums. It could be that there is not enough room in the gums for more teeth, or that the teeth are coming in at the wrong angle. Sometimes a tooth is partially erupted, which means that only part of the tooth came through the gums. Partially emerged teeth can be difficult to clean, which leads to plaque accumulation and tooth decay.

Problems caused by impacted wisdom teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause several problems including: damage to other teeth, pain, gum infections, extensive tooth decay and cyst.

Wisdom Teeth Can Mess Up Your Tooth Alignment
If you’re like many people, then by the time your wisdom teeth come in, you’ve long since worn braces and had them removed. Impacted wisdom teeth can force your other teeth out of their original positions, potentially undoing the effects of the braces you put up with when you were younger. They can also affect other previous dental work like bridges, crowns, and partial dentures.

Some people don’t have wisdom teeth
Don’t worry if you don’t have wisdom teeth. Some people just don’t grow them.

To learn more about wisdom teeth, click here.

If you are experiencing problems with your wisdom teeth or interested in scheduling a consultation, please call us at 303.451.6767 or click here.

Myself, Dr. Stearns and the entire Burnham Oral Surgery team believe it is a privilege to serve the community. Burnham Oral Surgery is excited about the launch of new content that you will soon see across our website and social media channels.

Below is a brief overview of the new content and a recap of content you may have already seen.

The Extractor: The Extractor is the monthly newsletter that extracts all the news from inside our walls and delivers it to you, our valued patients and partners. If you would like to sign-up for the email, please click here.

The Molar: The Molar is a new video series featuring myself, Dr. Stearns and members of the Burnham Oral Surgery team. Each episode will cover information on topics ranging from wisdom teeth to dental implants. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss an episode.

The Burnham Blog: The Burnham Blog will take a deep dive into topics and also give a behind-the-scenes look at the practice. Contributions will be made by Dr. Stearns and there may even be a guest contributor from time-to-time. You can find the blog here.

Facebook: Not following us on Facebook yet? You should! Click here.

YouTube: In addition to being found on the Burnham Oral Surgery website, The Molar can be found on our YouTube channel. You may also find some extra goodies as well. Subscribe here.

Instagram: A picture is worth a thousand words. Follow us on Instagram to learn more about Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, the Burnham Oral Surgery team and anything else that may post. Follow here.

Reviews: We want to know how we are doing. We also want you to have references when looking for an oral health provider. Click here to leave us review. Click here to read our reviews.

We hope you enjoy the new content.


Dr. Burnham