Gremillion is a nationally known expert in diagnosing and treating orofacial pain

Published: June 24th, 2008

Category: Spotlights

Henry Gremillion

Henry Gremillion

Associate Professor of Orthodontics
College of Dentistry

Henry Gremillion, an associate professor of orthodontics in the College of Dentistry, is a nationally known expert in diagnosing and treating orofacial pain. Gremillion directed the college’s Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Center — the Southeast’s leading center for treatment for facial pain and dysfunction and one of only a handful of such centers nationwide.

Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from orofacial pain every year, caused by maladies such as temporomandibular disorders, migraine headache, toothache and other afflictions. The good news is that more than 90 percent of those people can become pain free with proper treatment.

“Because the causes of facial pain are so often misdiagnosed, most patients arrive at the center after years of suffering. They’re so relieved to learn that we really can help them toward a pain-free life,” said Gremillion.

A survey of center patients revealed that the average patient has suffered from pain for nearly five years and spent an average of $17,120 in search of diagnosis and effective treatment before coming to the center.

“Our long-term goal at this center is to provide quality patient care and to share important information with the health care providers in the state regarding accepted pain assessment and management strategies—with the expected outcome that patients will be correctly diagnosed and treated before their pain becomes a chronic condition,” said Gremillion.

That’s news to give everyone cause to smile.

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