Dr. Riggs attended the University of Texas at Austin
and received his DDS degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch at
Houston in 1977 at the top of his class.
After completing post graduate education from the Society for
Occlusal Studies, he practiced general dentistry in Tyler, Texas with a
focus on Dental Rehabilitation, Occlusion and Jaw Dysfunction. In 1981 Dr.
Riggs accepted a position on the faculty at the University of Texas Health
Science Center at San Antonio, Dental School where he was assistant
professor and mentor for senior dental students.
He developed the curriculum and was director of the Post Graduate
General Practice Residency Program for Orofacial Pain and TMD. During his
tenure at San Antonio he conducted research, published scientific articles,
presented results of studies at national and international scientific
research symposiums as well as coauthored a chapter in A Textbook on
Occlusion that is used in many dental schools today.
Dr. Riggs has presented lectures and
courses, both didactic and hands on, on all aspects of Orofacial Pain for
study clubs, dental societies and dental schools through out the Southwest
and Central and South America.
Because of his academic association with other research and pain clinics
throughout the United States and internationally, he has gained a unique and
diverse insight for patient evaluation and management.
He serves as a consultant and expert witness on TM disorders for major insurance companies, law firms and pharmaceutical companies.
In 1985 Dr. Riggs established a pain practice in
Richardson, Texas treating only Orofacial Pain and TMD patients.
Dr. Riggs utilizes a conservative,
non-surgical, multidisciplinary approach incorporating a "Biopsychosocial"
model to provide a specific diagnosis and treatment plan.
If dental treatment is necessary it
is coordinated with the patients’ dentist or other specialists.
Since the inception of his practice
Dr. Riggs has successfully treated thousands of patients from referrals in
the dental, medical and academic communities across the United States.
He currently holds an academic appointment at Texas A&M Health
Science Center, Baylor College of Dentistry teaching undergraduate and
postgraduate curriculum on "(TMD") . Currently Dr. Riggs is a co-investigator in
a five year NIH grant to study the effects of early behavioral intervention
of acute TMD patients conducted through the University of Texas at
Arlington, Department of Psychology.
Dr. Riggs is Board Certified in Orofacial Pain and is a
diplomat of the American Board of Orofacial Pain.
He stays abreast of current research and continuing education through
active membership in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (Fellow),
American Pain Society, the International Association for the Study of Pain,
the American Academy of Pain Management and the Neuroscience Division of the
International Association of Dental Research.
He is also a fellow of both the American and the International
College of Dentists and is a member of the American Dental Association, the
Texas Dental Association and the Dallas County Dental Society.