Dr. James Bates

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dallas, TX
38 years experience male

Locations

Texas Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dallas, TX

Address

3001 Knox St Ste 301, Dallas, TX
Directions

Practice website

Fax

2148248984

Insurances accepted

First Health PPO

Aetna

UnitedHealthcare

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Cigna

MultiPlan, Inc

Metlife Insurance Company of Connecticut

Humana Insurance Company

Great-West Healthcare

Dentegra

Dental Benefit Providers, Inc

Coventry Health Care

Assurant Inc

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Ameritas

About

Specialties
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Licenses

United States: Texas

Doctor Q&A

332 Answers
16 Agrees
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Wisdom teeth: Wisdom teeth cannot cause neck spasms to my knowledge. Head pressure is a vague symptom. Certainly wisdom teeth can cause pain and pressure throughout... Read More
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Displaced disc: If your limited opening, which is also called trismus, persists, you may have a displaced disc in the TMJ. Crepitus is a clinical sign consistent with... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Possible yeast infx: Could be one of several things. Yeast, or Candida, infections can cause these symptoms, but they would be more generalized throughout the mouth. Could... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
It depends!: Some resorbable sutures dissolve in as little as 3-5 days; some sutures take as long as 3 months to dissolve. Most sutures, however, dissolve in 1-3 w... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Gum disease: Gingivitis or periodontitis. You should see a dentist.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Sinusitis: First of all, be sure it's sinusitis and not something else. It depends on which of the multiple sinuses are involved, but sinus irrigation has helped... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
No: Most facial operations do leave a scar, although they are usually hidden within creases or wrinkles. However, some operations do not leave a scar, suc... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
No: There is no difference between stitches and sutures. Stitches is just more of a lay term for sutures, which is more of a medical term.
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Postop Problem: You should not have swelling, tenderness and heat in your jaw after a month. All your symptoms suggest a postoperative infection of the soft tissue or... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Bruxism - stress: Grinding or "gnashing" of the teeth during sleep is called bruxism, and it can be due to many things, including problems with your bite or your teeth,... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
No problem: There shouldn't be a problem swallowing a small amount of afrin nasal spray. I would do nothing and not be concerned about it.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Variable and Depends: Depends on how much surgery is required. Many single-jaw (upper or lower) and some double-jaw (both upper and lower) operations can be done on an outp... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Ortho v. jaw surgery: Broad question, but in a 30 y/o like yourself, an underbite is a surgical problem. It may be due to a large lower jaw or a too-small upper jaw. Orthod... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Lockjaw: It depends on the cause. It can be due to tetanus, an infection which can be very serious, or it can be due to a displaced TMJ disc, which can be pain... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Postop alcohol: I suspect you mean after having your wisdom teeth removed. You should not drink alcohol if you're taking any narcotic pain medicine. Also, you should ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Sagittal split: Recovery after a routine sagittal split osteotomy of the mandible is fairly predictable. Most people are out of work for 2-3 weeks, on a liquid diet f... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Dumb idea, NO!: I don't know any self-respecting oral surgeon that would pierce your tongue while you're having jaw surgery.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
It depends: Trismus is limited opening of the lower jaw, usually due to a problem in the jaw joint such as a displaced disc or possibly due to muscle spasm. If it... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Jaw surgery: The question is somewhat vague, but jaw surgery could be defined as surgery on the jaw. Could be upper or lower jaw. Could be reconstructive jaw surge... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
TMJ arthroscopy: Sounds like you're a good candidate for TMJ arthroscopy, which has a higher success rate than arthrocentesis alone.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Maxillofacial surger: A complicated question. Reconstructive surgery to correct jaw or facial deformities is called orthognathic (lit. "straight jaw") surgery and involves ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Toothache: Antibiotics will help with an abscessed tooth, but won't solve the underlying problem. Who prescribed the antibiotic, and what did he/she recommend? S... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Not likely: Doesn't sound like a TMJ problem to me. Where is the swollen lymph node? Tmj problems are usually not associated with swollen lymph nodes, unless it's... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Jaw Pain, Popping: Popping of the jaw indicates a partially displaced disc in the jaw joint, or tmj. Locking up of the jaw results when the disc becomes completely displ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Root canal jaw pain: Your jaw may hurt from the surgical root canal procedure, or from an infection or abscess. Pain is uncommon after a few days. Since it's been longer, ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Canker sores can form in response to many forms of stress, including surgical stress. An oral ulcer may form at the site of the tooth extraction, at t... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Throat abscess: A true retropharyngeal abscess is a serious problem, and should be evaluated immediately. Usual symptoms include a severe sore throat, usually on one ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Yes, but...: Root canals don't cause chronic sinusitis. However, a chronically infected or abscessed upper molar tooth can lead to chronic sinus infection. Sometim... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Recovery: After tooth extractions, depending on how much surgery was required to remove the teeth, pain and swelling can actually increase for the first 48-72 h... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Exposed jawbone: The term depends on the source of the problem. Normally, there should be no exposed bone in the jaw. If there is, it's abnormal and usually painful. I... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Extraction socket: It depends on which tooth and which jaw, but most tooth extraction sockets should be healed and closed by six weeks. If you're concerned, go back and ... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Headaches/ear pain: If you've been having these symptoms for two weeks without improvement, it's time for you to seek treatment. See your local physician. Headaches and e... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Chin implant: I have not generally seen lumps under the chin following placement of a chin implant. However, most symptoms resolve by six weeks. If it's been more t... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Wisdom Teeth: Your husband needs to see a dentist. It's unlikely to be a brain tumor. More likely, his jaw pain and headaches are caused by his wisdom teeth. Having... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Not serious, but...: The kind of crossbite you describe may be due to an overdeveloped lower jaw, or an underdeveloped upper jaw, leading to a class iii malocclusion. You ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Not normal: Based on your description, it sounds as if your wisdom tooth is partially impacted, or buried partially under the bone and gums. This is not normal an... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Double Chin: It may be very difficult to lose the fat in your double chin. If weight loss by diet and exercise doesn't do the trick, you may want to consider lipos... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Healing: The tooth socket fills up with blood, and the blood clots. The blood clot is slowly replaced with immature bone after about 6 weeks, and the gum tissu... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Forehead pain: Pain associated with a vein could be caused by thrombosis or phlebitis. However, it's necessary to be sure it's from a vein and not an artery, because... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Healthy gums: Healthy gums are nice and clean and pink, not red. Redness is a sign of inflammation...Gingivitis or periodontitis. Healthy gums don't bleed, and are ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Lip cancer: It depends on what kind of cancer it is. The most common forms of cancer on the skin of the lip are squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas. Early sta... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Tongue: If you're 19 and without significant risk factors, it's not likely to be cancer.The only way to know for sure is to do a tongue biopsy. White spots ar... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Dry Socket: Unfortunately, no. A dry socket can develop up to several days after wisdom teeth extractions. Be careful to follow your surgeon's recommendations to ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Dry Socket: A dry socket is not an infection; it's an inflammation of the bone. You should see the dentist or oral surgeon who performed the extraction. First of ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Cracking Jaw: If your jaw suddenly popped or cracked, for the first time, and it's painful, that may indicate a displaced disc in the jaw joint. For the short term,... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Wisdom Teeth: The stiffness in your jaw is called trismus, and it's very common after the surgical removal of wisdom teeth. The duration of trismus depends on many ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: I'm not aware of any contraindication to sexual activity after having a dental extraction.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Herpangina: Typically the oral ulcers last about 7-10 days, but you're at the worst point at day 3. Herpangina is caused by the coxsackie virus and usually causes... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Endodontist: Not all teeth can or should be saved. You don't mention what if any symptoms you're having. Mild discomfort is annoying but not usually serious. Howev... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
It depends.: The fees associated with orthognathic surgery depend on a great many factors, most importantly whether or not only one jaw is being moved (upper or lo... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Dec 18, 2014
As a Family Doctor I see a lot of TMJ. I have already learned a LOT from reading Dr. Bates' answers to questions about treating TMJ. He has my recommendation!
Dec 6, 2012
I commend Dr. Bates for his consistently excellent, thorough, articulate, and to the point advice.
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Dec 16, 2012
Dr Bates submitted a claim to my insurance for proposed jaw surgery for my daughter. Aetna approved all the codes that were submitted and told me I would only have to pay a $75 copay for her surgery. ...Read More
HealthTap member
thank you. iam verry scared to b in pain during i dont want to fill them removing my teeth. the said i was being sedated but im still scared
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I'm currently suffering from TMD. I've had 4 cortisone injections this year. I'm 22 and miserable. I hadn't heard about arthroscopy for TMJ.
HealthTap member
Thanks so much for your response it's doctors like yourself that make patients like me feel better in more ways then one!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Texas Tech University
MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental School
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Texas Tech University School of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Residency

Baylor University Medical Center

Awards

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Affiliations

American Dental Association
Dallas County Dental Society
Texas Dental Association

Publications

A Modified Approach to the Surgical Correction of Chin Deformities
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