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Dr. James Bates

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dallas, TX
36 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

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Licenses

United States: Texas

Doctor Q&A

401 Answers
19 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Swollen cheek: You don't mention what tooth you had the root canal in, or how long ago. However, the root canal likely did not cause the swollen cheek. Sounds as if ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Orthodontics: Gums may swell and bleed for several reasons, most commonly due to poor hygiene which may lead to gingivitis. Braces can make hygiene difficult, and s... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Radiation doses: Dental x-rays carry a much smaller radiation dosage than conventional medical x-rays. Intraoral x-rays such as periapical and bitewing x-rays carry a ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Sinus: Upper back molar teeth can often have roots which protrude into the maxillary sinus cavity, in the upper jaw and cheekbone. A root canal in an upper b... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
No: Not sure exactly what you mean by bony overgrowth of the hard palate. You may be referring to a palatal torus, which is overgrowth of normal bone in t... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: I'm not aware of any contraindication to sexual activity after having a dental extraction.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
No: Not if you're through growing. Chewing gum can cause many jaw problems. It may make the jaw muscles bigger due to the workout, but it won't change the... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Pain post extraction: If you're having worsening pain after 4 days, you may be developing a dry socket or even a postoperative infection. You are on penicillin, so it's pro... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Smoking and implants: Bad idea, in general. Certainly, within the first 7-10 days after any oral surgery, you should not smoke to avoid problems with wound healing. After t... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Yes, but...: You can drink alcohol, but you should avoid carbonated beverages, like beer, and you should not drink alcohol if you're also taking narcotic pain medi... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Overbite and chin: It depends on the underlying problem. If the overbite is caused by your lower jaw being too short, a chin implant will not help your overbite, althoug... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
TMJ Headache: Don't bother going to the er. Use the er for true emergencies only. The er doctor will be able to manage your pain with pain medicine only. Er's are n... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Jaw locking up: If your jaw is locking closed, it generally means that the disc in the jaw joint may be displaced. If your jaw is locking open, that means that the ja... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Not usually.: A sinus ct looks at the bone and soft tissue of the several facial sinus cavities. In general, intravenous contrast material is not necessary. However... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
It depends but quick: The length of a sinus ct depends on the machine doing the test, but they're generally very quick, particularly if it's a "spiral ct". It may only take... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Blood clot?: This could be a normal blood clot in the tooth socket, or it could be a sign of infection. If you're having no symptoms, don't be concerned. It will p... Read More
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Double chin: It may be very difficult, particularly at your age (no offense intended), to lose the fat in your double chin. If weight loss by diet and exercise doe... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Congratulations!: Good for you for quitting smoking. However, sounds like you might be suffering from chronic bronchitis, a common condition in smokers. After you quit,... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Tongue numbness: Better question: why is your tongue numb? Unless it's totally numb, with no feeling at all, you probably won't do it any damage by eating or drinking,... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Wait awhile....: You should not eat chips for at least several days after a tooth extraction. Wait until the tooth socket is well on its way to healing or chew on the ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Probably: It sounds as if you're asking about commercial bone grafting materials for oral surgery. If that's the case, it's very common to mix components to for... Read More

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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.
HealthTap member
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
HealthTap member
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.
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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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