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

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 consultation.

posted by Admin at 12:12 PM

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


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 joint
·         Difficulties chewing
·         Headaches and facial pain
·         Pressure in the sinuses and behind the eyes
·         Ear ringing or pain without the presence of infection
These symptoms may occur alone or in combination – in either instance they should be brought to the attention of an experienced neuromuscular dentist. 

Oklahoma City TMD/TMJ Dentist
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 today.

posted by Admin at 7:54 AM

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 nose
Of these three branches, the mandibular is the largest. It is also the only one that controls movement, and the branch most disturbed by TMJ.

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 treatment, 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.

posted by Admin at 12:27 PM

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Oklahoma in the Bottom Ten States for Dental Visits

Gallup has released state-by-state numbers on the frequency of dental visits in the United States. Oklahoma came in at 55.2% - ranking 49th in the number of adults seeking general dental care in the past 12 months. On the other end of the chart is Connecticut, where 74.9% of adults have had a regularly scheduled cleaning and examination in the past year.
If these statistics seems unimportant or irrelevant to you, consider this: over 90% of seniors in Connecticut have some, if not all, of their natural teeth. In Oklahoma? Fewer than 75% of seniors can say the same.

Why Dental Visits are Important
There is no doubt that a solid and consistent oral hygiene routine is the best way to prevent tooth loss. This most recent poll from Gallup simply confirms what we have always known – a solid oral hygiene routine is incomplete without regular visits to the dentist.

Regularly scheduled visits with Oklahoma City dentist Dr. Terry Bass serve two primary purposes: they allow us to remove plaque, bacteria, and tartar from your teeth and gums, and they allow Dr. Bass to detect early signs of oral health problems. Early detection allows for swift treatment which, in turn, can help prevent tooth loss and other serious issues.

If you are overdue for a dental checkup, please contact Terry Bass, DDS to schedule an appointment today. Dr. Bass is proud to serve Edmond, Lawton, Norman, Oklahoma City, and surrounding Oklahoma communities.

posted by Admin at 1:44 PM

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

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