Oklahoma City Cosmetic Dentist Blog - Dr. Terry Bass, D.D.S.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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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.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Is it Safe to Treat TMJ Pain with Medication?
Headaches, earaches, and generalized facial pain are common
symptoms of TMJ. Understandably,
many people choose to address these issues with over-the-counter pain
medications. Because TMJ pain is often chronic, this can result in daily
consumption of these medications and, while safe for occasional use, it is
important to remember that OTC pain medications can be harmful when consumed regularly.
Pain medication offers a temporary solution for TMJ, but TMJ
is a recurring problem. The best way to reduce TMJ pain is by addressing the
underlying problem, and the best way to address the underlying problem is
through neuromuscular dentistry.
Oklahoma City dentist Dr. Terry Bass has trained in neuromuscular
dentistry and utilizes advanced diagnostic and treatment methods for addressing
TMJ. Options including oral splints, restorative procedures, TENS therapy, and
relaxation exercises can be used in combination to restore alignment, eliminate
pain, and produce lasting results. Dr. Bass would be happy to discuss which
options are right for you during your TMJ treatment evaluation.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of TMJ in
Oklahoma City, please contact
Terry Bass, DDS today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation and treatment
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
TMJ vs. TMD
TMJ and TMD are used interchangeably as acronyms for temporomandibular
joint disorder. In some cases, TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint alone,
though this is a much less common usage. No matter which acronym you prefer, TMD/TMJ
is an often painful
condition that can have far-reaching systemic consequences unless properly
diagnosed and treated by a neuromuscular dentist.
Symptoms of TMD/TMJ
Indications that you are suffering from TMD/TMJ include:
Jaw pain or swelling
Clicking, popping, or grinding noises in the jaw
Headaches and facial pain
Pressure in the sinuses and behind the eyes
Ear ringing or pain without the presence of
These symptoms may occur alone or in combination – in either
instance they should be brought to the attention of an experienced neuromuscular
Oklahoma City TMD/TMJ
Oklahoma City neuromuscular dentist Dr. Terry Bass has over
25 years of experience helping men and women achieve optimal comfort through
targeted TMD/TMJ treatments. Using a combination of advanced technology and
hands-on evaluation, Dr. Bass can detect TMJ, determine its extent, and tailor
a treatment option that will meet your specific needs.
To schedule your TMD/TMJ treatment evaluation at our
Oklahoma City office, please contact
Terry Bass, DDS
Monday, June 23, 2014
What is the Trigeminal Nerve?
The trigeminal nerve is the nerve responsible for nearly all
of the sensation in your face and head. Because the trigeminal nerve runs through
the jaw, it is this nerve that is most impacted by TMJ
Pressure placed on the
trigeminal nerve may produce symptoms including jaw pain, headaches, and even
generalized facial pain.
The trigeminal nerve has three branches:
- Mandibular – supplying sensation and dictating movement
in the jaw, tongue, and surrounding areas of the mouth
- Maxillary – supplying sensation to the nasal
cavity, sinuses, and palate
- Ophthalmic – supplying sensation to the eyes and
nasal cavity, as well as to the skin of the eyelids, eyebrows, forehead, and
Of these three branches, the mandibular is the largest. It
is also the only one that controls movement, and the branch most disturbed by
When jaw misalignment places pressure on the mandibular
branch of the trigeminal nerve, the maxillary and ophthalmic branches may relay
pain sensation to the areas they supply. Unless pressure is relieved from the
trigeminal nerve through proper TMJ
, there can be no long-term relief from these symptoms.
If you are suffering from TMJ in Oklahoma City or surrounding
areas of Oklahoma, please contact
Dr. Terry Bass, DDS
today to schedule a neuromuscular dentistry evaluation.
Terry Bass DDS
2816 NW 58th Street, Suite 105
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