Dr. Durden and Jennifer attended a hands-on workshop recently to learn more about helping patients that struggle with TMJ Disorder (TMD). Patients that have TMJ problems often experience frequent headaches, jaw joint pain, and can have a host of symptoms including neck and shoulder pain, migraines and even pain and tingling in the hands and fingers. Please contact us if you think you may have symptoms of TMJ Disorder
WINTERVILLE, ATHENS DENTIST DR. PHILLIP DURDEN CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN PRACTICE
Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Phillip H. Durden opened the doors of his dental practice in friendly Winterville, Georgia, home of the Winterville Marigold Festival. For Dr. Durden, returning home to build his dental practice in the Winterville and Athens community was its own greatest reward.
Born in Athens, Dr. Durden grew up in the Athens area. His father’s family owned the Durden Music Store in downtown Athens for more than 50 years, and his mother’s family once owned the telephone company, Empire Telephone, that serviced most of Madison and Oglethorpe Counties, including Winterville.
Dr. Durden graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. While attending the university, he played trumpet in the University of Georgia Redcoat Band and was a member of the Premedical Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta. He completed his dental education with honors at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in 1989 and opened his Winterville dental practice in August of that same year. He is a member of the Winterville Civitan Club and enjoys being involved in the community.
His interests in the ongoing development of technology and his participation in advanced education programs have made Dr. Durden a lifelong student of dental science. He has achieved Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, requiring 1,100 hours of education in all disciplines of dentistry and recognized as one of the most rigorous continuing dental education programs today. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and is the current President of the Georgia Academy of General Dentistry.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Durden credits his continued passion for dentistry to the wonderful patients he has met and the opportunities he has had to help them and generations of their families restore and maintain their oral health. Today, he still loves what he does and the people that he works with.
Congratulations Dr. Durden on reaching this milestone in your practice!
Read more about Dr. Phillip Durden and Winterville Dental at http://www.wintervilledental.com
Watch our celebration video with ‘blasts from the past’ for Dr Durden!
Dr. Phillip Durden of Winterville Dental, PC, an Athens based dental practice, accepted appointment as the Georgia Academy of General Dentistry incoming President at the recent GAGD symposium.
Dr. Durden will officially step into his position in July. During his service, he will work with his fellow dental professionals to seek out quality continuing education programs for dentists and maintain the GAGD’s commitment to the highest standards of clinical care.
We are proud of you Dr. Durden!
The Winterville Dental Team joined in with their fellow dental professionals for the Georgia Mission of Mercy (GMOM) charitable dental clinic on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 in Norcross. Hundreds of patients in need were served by dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, dental office staff and other volunteers from all over the state. We had a great time and met so many amazing people!!
Dr. Phillip Durden has been named as President-Elect for the Georgia Academy of General Dentistry. This appointment is made by his peers for his commitment to the profession of dentistry. He will serve as GAGD President in 2014. In this role, he will be responsible for communicating with the national Academy of General Dentistry on state and local dental legal and licensure issues, as well as managing a nationally renowned continuing education program for dentists in the State of Georgia. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Durden on this significant professional achievement!
Dr. Durden recently attended professional continuing education through the Georgia Academy of General Dentistry. Our doctors and our team are passionate about maintaining an active schedule of advanced clinical training in topics such as implant dentistry, soft tissue laser therapy and dental surgical procedures.
Headaches: Sleep Apnea and the Oral Connection
ALTERNATIVE ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY
by Tracey Buckalew
Southern Distinction Magazine Medical Breakthrough Editorial / April 2012 Issue
Over the last decade or so, public and professional awareness have played a major part in the increased diagnoses of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition, characterized by the repeated cessation of breathing during sleep, can occur hundreds of times a night, and can last for a minute or longer. This results in a decrease in blood oxygen, and, in turn, can be attributed to unexplained headaches and tiredness.
Studies show untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and increased risk for stroke. While medical doctors commonly prescribe a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to deliver a constant supply of oxygen to the patient, one’s family dentist may actually be the unlikely hero in this alarming situation.
ORAL COMPLICATIONS OF SLEEP APNEA: TMD & BRUXISM
The complex systems of bone, muscle, nerves and soft tissue that form the joint of the jaw (Temporomandibular joint), the pair of which are located just in front of each ear, are, by far, the most frequently used joints in the body. Involved in over 2,000 swallowing actions per day, they are prone to misalignment which commonly leads to headaches as well as ear, face or neck pain. The trigeminal nerve, often referred to as “the dentist’s nerve,” because it is responsible for sensation to the face and for motor functions like biting, chewing and swallowing, innervates approximately 40 percent of the head and face, and is connected to the onset of headaches and other head and neck painful conditions when disrupted. Often these symptoms are misdiagnosed as migraine or tension headaches when the real culprit, TMJ Dysfunction (TMD), can be the cause. The recognition that sleep apnea aggravates or triggers temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is gaining gaining momentum as more patients look towards dental solutions for relief from their sleep apnea symptoms.
Many patients with sleep apnea disorder suffer from severe teeth grinding (bruxism). Sleep apnea is typically associated with loud snoring, and even a “gasp” sound as the individual wakes up and resumes breathing after an apneic episode. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching often occur during this semi-awake, agitated state as the struggle to breathe ensues.
Dr. Phillip Durden of Winterville Dental, PC in Winterville, Ga. is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. He understands the relationship between TMD, sleep apnea and unexplained headaches and employs a number of technologies in his practice that assist him with TMD diagnoses. With the 2005 opening of his TMJ Therapy and Sleep Disorder Center, Dr. Durden can efficiently narrow down the cause of pain and begin appropriate treatment.
“The “gold standard” for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea is, unquestionably, the CPAP method,” explains Dr. Durden. “However,” he continues, “there are some people who just can’t tolerate it. For them, an oral appliance may be the answer.”
Dr. Durden comments that many of his patients are unaware that oral appliances are available as an alternative to the CPAP machine. Although the benefits of the CPAP therapy are unarguable, the method is somewhat difficult with which to become accustomed. The machine consists of a facemask, worn at night, that connects a hose to a ventilator through which a continuous level of oxygen is pumped. Despite the success in treating sleep apnea with this device, many individuals find that it causes a certain level of discomfort, aggravation and inconvenience.
Consequently, some patients find that they are unwilling to continue its usage. As a welcome alternative, Dr. Durden offers a variety of oral appliances that aim at opening the airway by repositioning the lower jaw. This non-invasive treatment stabilizes the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and throat muscles, effectively keeping the airway open and unobstructed. These appliances, similar to orthodontic retainers, are usually made from clear acrylics and can have adjustment features.
For the approximately 18 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea and/or TM Disorders, dentists like Dr. Durden can provide welcome relief. The utilization of a wide range of diagnostic methods by which to identify the cause of individual problems will continue to result in a reduction of misdiagnoses and an increase in pain relief.
The partnership of dentistry and technology has resulted in an effective, “whole body” approach to healthcare. As the study of the connection between oral-facial structures, breathing and systemic conditions further reveals linked relationships, less invasive and early treatment options will continue to emerge.
Dr. Durden and the Winterville Dental Team had a great time at the 2012 Marigold Festival! Our float was awarded recognition as “Most Creative – Children”. A Special Thank You to our extended family members for their help and support. We had a blast and look forward to next year!
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