Richard R Riggs DDS   OROFACIAL PAIN - TMJ - TMD

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Richard R Riggs, DDS

TMD    OROFASCIAL PAIN     HEAD AND NECK PAIN    SLEEP DISORDERS

About Us:



Philosophy
To provide a thorough "Differential Diagnosis", conservative treatment plan, expectation of treatment, prognosis and consultation to educate you, the patient, to manage your disorder independently, with as little invasive treatment as possible.  By utilizing a "Multidisciplinary" approach and a "Biopsychosocial " model I provide a comprehensive management protocol.



Goal
To enable the patient to develop multiple skills to manage pain with a conservative, non-invasive protocol to ultimately decrease pain and improve function involving the patient as an integral part of the team.


About My Practice
My practice is specifically limited to the evaluation and management of Orofacial Pain Disorders which include all stages of TMD/TMJ, all classes of headaches, neuropathic pain, sleep disorders, musculoskeletal, vascular and intra-oral pain disorders of hard and soft tissues. Because of the complex nature of these disorders  is important to be able to differentiate the origin of your pain.  Orofacial pain may involve or be referred from the eyes, ears, nose, throat, salivary glands and blood vessels, or may mimic other serious medical conditions.  A good example is that 42% of patients with cluster headaches have received unnecessary dental treatment due to misdiagnosis and treatment in hope of alleviating the pain.*

Having briefly outlined the complexities of these disorders it is my hope that you will find the information you are seeking within the following pages of this website. I have included what you can expect during the initial exam as well as treatment options, location and map. For your convenience you can also find forms that you can download and fill out, an explanation of specific terms as well as an introduction of my qualification and a Curriculum Vitae outlining my publications and research. In the event that I have not answered your specific questions or for an appointment, please contact my office.


Reference: Bittar G.,Graff-Rafford SB. A retrospective study of patients with cluster headache.  Oral Med Oral Surg Oral Pathol 1992;73:519525.


Please be advised that this website is for information only and is not intended as diagnostic or to be used for treatment purposes.  Please seek professional diagnosis and/or find doctor for treatment.



To schedule an appointment, please call: (972) 437-9177.