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Dr. James Douglas Bates, D.D.S., M.D.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr. James Bates is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon practicing in Dallas, TX. Dr. Bates specializes in the treatment of problems related to the face, mouth and jaws. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Bates is a unique dental specialist who can provide emergency medicine, perform general surgery and give anesthesia. These medical doctors are the only type of medical care specialist who can administer anesthesia, besides anesthesiologists. Typical procedures performed by Dr. Bates are tooth extractions, especially wisdom teeth, corrective jaw surgery, cleft palate surgery and reconstructive surgery after an injury. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can also perform dental work including placing dental implants. These surgeons might also deal with conditions of sleep apnea, oral cancers and more.
34 years Experience
Dr. James Douglas Bates, D.D.S., M.D.
  • Dallas, TX
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine,Lubbock, Tx, United States
  • Accepting new patients

Clicking in my jaw

Yes, it is very common for general dentists to refer patients to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon regarding jaw clicking, particularly if you complained about it to your dentist. The READ MORE
Yes, it is very common for general dentists to refer patients to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon regarding jaw clicking, particularly if you complained about it to your dentist.

The jaw joint, or the temporomandibular joint, connects the lower jaw to the skull. It is a ball and socket joint, with a disk between the ball and socket to cushion the joint. Normally, the disk sits right on top of the ball, and moves forward and down with the ball when opening mouth, and also moves up and back with the ball when closing the mouth. Clicking in the jaw joint when opening the mouth often indicates that the disc inside the joint may be partially displaced. The disc cannot be seen on x-rays, and is best visualized on an MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging.

If the jaw joint clicking is not painful and does not affect function, it may not require treatment. However, if pain or dysfunction is associated with the clicking jaw joint, treatment may help relieve the pain and improve function. This is probably why your dentist recommended that you see an oral surgeon.

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