Oklahoma City Cosmetic Dentist Blog - Dr. Terry Bass, D.D.S.

Monday, March 9, 2015

TMJ Headaches

Chronic headaches can have many causes, but some are more commonly overlooked than others. If you have tried medications and other treatments only to find they don’t work, it may be time to consider a neuromuscular dental evaluation to determine if TMD is at the root of your pain.

TMD is a condition caused by misalignment of the jaw. Chronic headaches are one of the primary symptoms of this common disorder. Unfortunately, unless TMD is detected by an experienced neuromuscular dentist, this source of discomfort may remain overlooked for years.
Oklahoma City dentist Dr. Terry Bass utilizes advanced technology to diagnose and treat TMD. If you suffer from frequent, debilitating headaches, Dr. Bass can evaluate the alignment of your jaw to determine if TMD is the cause and design a treatment plan that addresses both immediate and future pain.

Headache treatments offered at our Oklahoma City office include:
  • Customized mouthguards
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Orthodontics
Medications and TENS therapy may also be used for immediate relief, but the main goal of TMD treatment is restoring alignment to help guard against future headaches.
If you live in or around Oklahoma City and are dealing with chronic headaches, please contact Terry Bass, DDS today to schedule a neuromuscular evaluation

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental Implants are placed directly into the jawbone where they act as a replacement for a missing tooth’s root. Not only does this allow dental implants to provide a reliable hold for your restorations, it prevents issues related to root loss such as jaw collapse and bite irregularities.
Implant dentist Dr. Terry Bass often recommends this tooth replacement solution, even when several teeth are missing in a row. The best way to learn if dental implants are the right solution for your smile is through a one-on-one consultation at our Oklahoma City office.
In addition to preventing jaw collapse, advantages offered by dental implants include:
  • Full restoration of bite tension and strength
  • Completely natural looking restorations
  • No risk of awkward restoration slippage
Dental implants provide all of these benefits and more, and have the potential to offer a lifetime of support for restorations such as dental crowns, bridges, or even dentures. During your initial consultation Dr. Bass would be happy to discuss the advantages of choosing implants over other forms of tooth replacement to help ensure you are selecting the solution best suited to meet your needs.
To schedule your dental implants consultation, please contact Terry Bass, DDS today. Dr. Bass serves Edmond, Lawton, Norman, and surrounding communities from our conveniently located Oklahoma City office.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Instant Orthodontics

Instant orthodontics are an incredibly effective way to address cosmetic bite irregularities without necessitating painful and lengthy treatments such as braces. With instant orthodontics, Oklahoma City cosmetic dentist Dr. Terry Bass can produce a straight, white, and seamlessly perfect smile over the course of just a few weeks. Better still, the restorations used for instant orthodontics are durable and stain resistant, helping ensure results that last for years to come.
To learn if instant orthodontics are right for you, please call our office at (405) 622-8996 and scheduled your initial consultation today.

What Instant Orthodontics can Fix
With instant orthodontics, Dr. Bass can correct bite issues including:
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Irregular shapes and sizes
  • Crooked presentation
  • Severe staining
Using porcelain veneers and, when appropriate, dental crowns, Dr. Bass can customize your treatment to correct all of your aesthetic imperfections. During your initial consultation Dr. Bass will assess your smile and discuss all of your options, helping ensure you are provided with the service and smile you deserve.
If you are ready to discuss perfecting your smile with an experienced cosmetic dentist, please contact Terry Bass, DDS today. Dr. Bass welcomes patients from Oklahoma City and surrounding communities.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Commit to Your Oral Health this New Year

The best way to avoid common dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay is with a consistent and thorough oral hygiene routine. With the New Year approaching, now is a fantastic time to assess the care you take of your teeth and gums, and to resolve to enhance your routine for optimal oral health.
Oklahoma City Dentist Dr. Terry Bass would be happy to discuss ways you can improve your oral health and beauty during your next routine visit. If you have not scheduled you next visit, please call us at (405) 622-8996 today to make an appointment. Professional cleanings and examinations are an essential part of your overall dental health.
In addition to routine visits to our office, you can improve your oral health by brushing your teeth after every meal and snack, and flossing both morning and night. These steps, when combined with professional care, can help prevent dental problems and keep your teeth healthy and bright for a lifetime.
For more information about improving your oral health, please contact Terry Bass, DDS online or by calling our Oklahoma City office at (405) 622-8996 today to schedule your next appointment.  

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Oklahoma City Sedation Dentistry Options

Oklahoma City sedation dentist Dr. Terry Bass understands that each patient has unique needs. To ensure everyone is provided with the services they require, Dr. Bass utilizes three different types of sedation, each offering its own specific benefits.
Dr. Bass offers:
Which of these options is ideally suited to meet your needs depends on a number of individual factors and can best be determined by an experienced sedation dentist like Dr. Bass.
Who Benefits from Sedation
Sedation dentistry is a good solution for people who suffer fear or anxiety at the thought of dental appointments. It is also a good solution for people who:
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Do not respond well to numbing agents
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Suffer from TMJ
  • Require a longer treatment
If you believe you could benefit from sedation, call Dr. Bass at (405) 622-8996 to discuss your options today.
Why Choose Us
Dr. Terry Bass is a member of DOCS (the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation) and has undergone extensive training in safe and effective sedation methods. He welcomes an opportunity to meet with you to discuss your needs, answer any questions you may have, and to help you determine if sedation dentistry is the right option for your needs.
To schedule your consultation with our Oklahoma City sedation dentist, please contact Terry Bass, DDS today.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SSRIs and Dental Implant Failure

A recent study conducted by the International and American Associations for Dental Research suggests that dental implant failure is twice as likely in patients taking SSRIs. These findings are consistent with previous studies that have shown SSRIs to reduce the formation of bone and increase the risk of bone fractures.
Dental implants offer a permanent solution for missing teeth because they are secured to the jawbone through the process of osseointegration. SSRIs interfere with this production of bones, allowing failure to occur more frequently than among patients not taking these medications.
It is important to note that the failure rate of dental implants in patients taking SSRIs during this six-year study was just above 10 percent. This is still relatively low and, compared to the benefits offered by dental implants, should not detract patients from seeking this restorative service.
Oklahoma City implant dentist Dr. Terry Bass takes a number of things into consideration before suggesting any particular treatment. During your dental implants consultation he will assess your medical history, including any medication you are currently taking, to help you determine if dental implants are the best solution for your smile.
To schedule your dental implants consultation, please contact Terry Bass, DDS today. Dr. Bass Serves Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman, and surrounding areas of Oklahoma.


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Probiotics for the Treatment of Periodontitis?

A recent placebo-controlled, double-blind study has found that the probiotic lactobacillus reuteri improves the efficacy of treatment for patients with chronic periodontitis by 53 percent. This improvement is identical to that provided by antibiotics and may prove invaluable to people with advanced gum disease who cannot handle antibiotics or choose to avoid them for medical reasons. Oklahoma City dentist Dr. Terry Bass would be happy to discuss this with you in greater detail during your periodontal treatment evaluation.
Lactobacillus reuteri is a probiotic found naturally in the human gut. It has long been known to prohibit the growth of harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay, but this new study is the first to look at its benefits in the treatment of gum disease. Lactobacillus reuteri and other probiotic strains can easily be added to the diet by increasing your intake of cultured foods such as yogurt. Pills containing active strains of this bacterium are also readily available at most pharmacies and supermarkets.
Dr. Bass suggests taking a combined approach in the prevention and treatment of common oral health problems. During your next appointment he can discuss the value of adding probiotics as well as other foods that may be beneficial to your overall oral health.
To schedule an appointment with our experienced Oklahoma City dentist, please contact Terry Bass, DDS today.

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Terry Bass DDS
2816 NW 58th Street, Suite 105
Oklahoma City , OK , 73112

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