If you are suffering from chronic pain, you know how hard it can be to get relief. There are many solutions that provide partial or short-term relief, though many of them might come with significant drawbacks, such as dependence, addiction, and overdose. The best strategies for relief often include a team approach, with multiple professionals from different healthcare backgrounds. The interdisciplinary approach to managing chronic pain has been endorsed by the Institute of Medicine (IoM), and is considered the standard of care. Often, your chronic pain management team should include a dentist.
Why You Might Need a Dentist on Your Team
One of the major challenges of treating chronic pain is that people with chronic pain rarely experience just one type of pain. Usually, they experience multiple pain conditions. Since these pain conditions often occur together, they are currently being labeled chronic overlapping pain conditions (COPC). These COPCs can affect virtually any part of the body, and include conditions as disparate as lower back pain and migraines. It also includes temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).
Interdisciplinary treatment helps because it allows doctors with different specialties to both focus on their area of specialization and communicate with other doctors to improve treatment of related conditions. When it comes to the treatment of TMD, a dentist can provide much-needed insight and treatment flexibility.
The COPCs most likely to occur alongside TMD are fibromyalgia and migraine. About a third of patients with these conditions have TMD. Other significant overlap occurs with vulvodynia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)–more than a fifth of these patients also have TMD. If you have any of these conditions, you should consider whether you have TMD symptoms. If so, you should talk to your doctor about adding a dentist to your treatment team.
Why Choose Dr. Lowrance
If you are looking for a dentist to join your pain management team in the Corpus Christi area, Dr. Don Lowrance is a great choice. Not only is he one of the most recognized dentists in Corpus Christi, with more than 40 years’ experience, he also has decades of experience helping people with many different types of plan conditions. He has also received training in the treatment of TMD from many different sources, including the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics, and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. Getting training from these disparate authorities helps him understand a variety of approaches so he isn’t locked into a particular dogma. He uses what is most likely to help a patient.
Over the more than 40 years that Dr. Lowrance has been practicing, he has developed close relationships with many doctors and is proud to work closely with his colleagues in other disciplines to help his patients achieve relief.
If you are looking for a dentist to join your chronic pain treatment team, please call (361) 851-8274 today for an appointment with Dr. Don Lowrance at the Corpus Christi Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.