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October 08, 2020
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...
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September 23, 2020
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...
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August 26, 2021
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.
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July 09, 2021
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
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June 23, 2021
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.
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May 06, 2021
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...
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April 02, 2021
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

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March 11, 2021
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.
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February 05, 2021
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...
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January 08, 2021
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) commonly has symptoms such as:
 
·         Clicking, popping, or grinding noises when opening and closing the mouth
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