Dr. Burton joined the College of Dentistry in 1997. He is a clinical professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and vice chair, Hospital Dentistry.
Dr. Burton's current research includes evaluating treatment of edentulous upper jaws with an implant-supported prosthesis in patients with poor bone quality.
Dr. Burton is a reviewer for Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics; Journal of Prosthodontics. He is also an assistant section editor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Knowledge Update. Dr. Burton is a member of the OMSITE Committee, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the Committee on Continuing Education. His other professional memberships include the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABOMS), the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the International Association for Dental Research, the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association, the Academy of Osseointegration, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association, the University District Dental Society, the Johnson County Dental Society, the American Dental Education Association, and the Iowa Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Burton was a member of the ABOMS Examination Committee. From 2008 to 2010, he was co-chair, section 3, of the the ABOMS Examination Committee. From 1999-2008, Dr. Burton was a member of the AAOMS Committee on Continuing Education and Professional Development and was also chairman from 2003-2006. From 1994-2010, he was a member of the FDA Dental Products Panel and was chair from 2006-2010. Dr. Burton was a member of the AAOMS House of Delegates from 1993-2010.