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

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Questions for Your Oklahoma City Dentist: Why Replace Metal Fillings?

If you have metal fillings, you may notice how unattractive they can be. Prone to quickly tarnish, metal fillings can look dark and dingy, greatly detracting from the beauty of your smile. Even when new, metal fillings can be unattractive, making you feel self-conscious anytime they might be visible.

Metal fillings are unattractive, but this isn’t the only reason they should be replaced.

Dangers of Metal Fillings

When metal fillings are placed, a large amount of tooth enamel must first be removed. This allows the metal filling to be crammed into a cavity where, ideally, it will prevent further decay. However, in the process of placing these fillings, healthy enamel is removed and the tooth is further weakened.
Metal expands and contracts as temperatures change in your mouth. Because they are not bonded to the tooth, this allows metal fillings to come loose, fall out, or crack a tooth internally – none of which are possible with tooth-colored filling options.

Ours is a metal-free dentistry practice. Dr. Bass has chosen to only offer tooth-colored restorations not only because they are more attractive, but because they are safer, stronger, and much more reliable than their metal alternatives.

If you live in or around Oklahoma City and would like to learn more about replacing your metal fillings, please contact Terry Bass, DDS today to schedule your initial consultation.

posted by Admin at 4:11 PM

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Is Oral Conscious Sedation Safe?

Oklahoma City sedation dentist Dr. Terry Bass takes great caution in protecting the comfort and safety of our patients. This is why Dr. Bass often recommends conscious oral sedation to deal with anxiety and dental phobia.
Conscious sedation is accomplished through medications taken before your dental appointment. These medications have a long history of safety and efficacy, and are more than sufficient at quelling even some of the most profound dental phobias.
As a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, Dr. Bass has undergone extensive training in this particular type of sedation. However, he also understands that it is not the best solution for everyone. During your Oklahoma City sedation dentistry consultation he can discuss your options and help you choose which solution is right for your needs.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
In addition to conscious oral sedation, options offered by Dr. Bass include:

  • Nitrous sedation
  • IV sedation

These options may be better suited to address the needs of some of our patients but, like conscious oral sedation, are not right for everyone. The best way to determine which type of sedation is ideal for you is through a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Bass.
If you are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry in the Oklahoma City area of Oklahoma, please contact Dr. Terry Bass today to schedule an informative consultation.

posted by Admin at 1:31 PM

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Oklahoma City Sedation Dentistry Candidates

If you avoid dental care for any reason, you may be an ideal candidate for sedation dentistry. The best way to learn if this option is right for you is through a one-on-one consultation with Oklahoma City sedation dentist Dr. Terry Bass.

Dr. Bass is an experienced and compassionate sedation dentist who has undergone special training to help ensure comfort for each of our patients. No matter if you are considering a complex cosmetic procedure or simply need a routine checkup and cleaning, our Oklahoma City sedation dentist can help you achieve optimal relaxation.

Who can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?

Ideal candidates for sedation dentistry include people who:
·         Suffer from dental phobia
·         Have difficulties getting numb
·         Have sensitive teeth
·         Have an over-active gag reflex
·         Dislike the sights, sounds, or smells of dental offices
·         Require a longer or more involved procedure

Dr. Bass offers different types of sedation, allowing him to customize options and meet specific patient needs. During your consultation with our Oklahoma City sedation dentist it can best be determined which option is most suitable for your needs.

To schedule a consultation with our Oklahoma City sedation dentist, please contact TerryBass, DDS today.

posted by Admin at 6:29 AM

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Symptoms of TMJ in Oklahoma City

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) commonly has symptoms such as:

·         Clicking, popping, or grinding noises when opening and closing the mouth
·         Pain around the jaw joint
·         Swelling of jaw muscles
·         Lockjaw

If you are suffering from these symptoms Oklahoma City TMJ dentist Dr. Terry Bass can provide a neuromuscular examination to determine the most effective course of treatment.

Other Symptoms of TMJ

In addition to TMJ symptoms that occur in the jaw, some symptoms of this common problem may seem unrelated to the temporomandibular joint. 

Issues that should be brought to the attention of our Oklahoma City TMJ dentist include:

·         Frequent migraine-style headaches
·         Chronic facial pain
·         Ear ringing or pain without the presence of infection
·         Nasal or ocular pressure
·         Persistent neck, shoulder, and backaches

These symptoms may occur with other TMJ symptoms, but can also be the only indication of a problem. If they are persistent, Dr. Bass can perform a neuromuscular dental evaluation to detect TMJ. If jaw misalignment is the cause of your symptoms, our Oklahoma City dentist can customize a TMJ treatment that relieves symptoms by addressing the underlying problem.

To learn more about Oklahoma City TMJ treatments, please contact Terry Bass, DDS for a neuromuscular dental examination.

posted by Admin at 7:56 AM

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Oklahoma City Sleep Dentistry Options

Oklahoma City family dentist Dr. Terry Bass understands the various reasons people avoid seeking dental care. He also understands the oral and systemic health consequences that are unavoidable with that decision. This is why Dr. Bass offers the latest and safest in sedation dentistry, helping ensure even people with severe dental phobia can get the comprehensive general and cosmetic services they deserve.

Types of Sleep Dentistry

Dr. Bass offers different types of sedation to help meet the needs of all of our patients. Options he would be happy to discuss with you include:

  • Oral conscious sedation – using prescribed medications, this option is ideal for people with mild to moderate levels of dental phobia
  • Nitrous sedation – also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide can calm moderate to severe levels of anxiety and may also be beneficial for reducing gag reflex and assisting in pain management
  • IV sedation – complete sleep dentistry is accomplished with IV sedation, the most effective option for people who have severe dental phobia. IV sedation may also be used for longer procedures and oral surgeries depending on your needs

During your Oklahoma sleep dentistry consultation Dr. Bass will listen to your concerns and provide you with information about the sedation option he feels is best suited to meet your needs.

To learn more about your sleep dentistry options in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas, please contact Terry Bass, DDS or call 405-622-8996 to schedule an appointment today.

posted by Admin at 4:44 AM

Friday, November 8, 2013

Mercury-Free Dental Practice in Oklahoma City

Mercury is a metal that has long been used in dentistry. While the mercury controversy continues, Oklahoma City family dentist Dr. Terry Bass has decided that even the slightest chance of harm to our patients is simply not worth the risk. It is with your health, safety, and happiness in mind that we have built Oklahoma City’s premier mercury-free dentistry practice.

If you live in or around the Oklahoma City area and are looking for a metal-free dental practice, please contact Terry Bass, DDS or call 405-622-8996 today to schedule an appointment.  

Benefits of Mercury-Free Dentistry

Safety is, of course, one of the primary reasons our family dentist has chosen to not use metal restorations. However, safety concerns are not the only reason tooth-colored resin and porcelain restorations are superior to their metal alternatives.

Metal restorations require a large amount of your tooth enamel be removed for placement. Metal is also affected by temperature fluctuations in your mouth, allowing restorations to expand, contract, and further damage teeth. Metal restorations can fall out, crack or break teeth, and even increase sensitivity, all of which can be avoided by using tooth-colored restorations.

For more information about our Oklahoma City metal-free dentistrypractice, please contact us today. Dr. Bass provides advanced dental solutions for people of all ages living in Oklahoma City and surrounding Oklahoma communities.

posted by Admin at 6:58 AM

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

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