TMD & Orofacial Pain Program

This program provides an opportunity to acquire clinical assessment and treatment skills for TMD and orofacial pain, within the context of graduate education that focuses on the acquisition of research skills and a scientific knowledge base.

Fall 2021 Enrollment

Applications will be accepted July 1 - December 1, 2020.

Interviews for fall admission will take place January - March.

Admissions decisions will be released March - April.

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The university has updated its policy on English language proficiency requirements for students affected by the closure of testing sites for TOEFL, IELTS and PTE.  The University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

About the Program

This program leads to an MS in Oral Sciences and a certificate in TMD & Orofacial Pain.

The focus of the clinical program is to provide the resident with experience in managing a variety of orofacial pain conditions, focusing on diagnosis and interdisciplinary management.

This educational area is not currently recognized by the American Dental Association as a dental specialty area. Therefore, dentists graduating from this program cannot announce that they are specialists, as recognized by the American Dental Association. However, this Advanced Certificate Program in Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain is recognized by New York State Education Department.

Program Goals

The principle goals of the TMD and Orofacial Pain Program are to prepare a graduate to:

  1. Care for patients with TMD and other orofacial pain disorders. 
  2. Understand the structural, biological and behavioral factors underlying pain in general and orofacial pain specifically.
  3. Interact with other health care professionals in order to facilitate the patients' health care.
  4. Utilize critical thinking analysis and evidence based care in treatment decisions and continuous quality improvement.
  5. Conduct research in TMD, orofacial pain, or in a closely related field.
  6. Teach clinical care of TMD & orofacial pain patients.

Fall 2021 Applicants — Important Dates

Step Date(s)
Applications Accepted July 1 - December 1, 2020
Interviews January - March
Acceptance Notices Sent March - April

All applicants are required to apply to the Combined TMD & Orofacial Pain and Oral Sciences, MS program.

Learn more about the Oral Sciences, MS program


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