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.

Length of Program

This is a 24-month program.


The program in TMD and orofacial pain is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of accredited without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is


Heidi Crow

Associate Professor & Department Chair

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3555


Yoly Gonzalez-Stucker

Associate Professor

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3551


W.D. (Scott) McCall Jr.


Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3559


Richard Ohrbach


Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall School of Dental Medicine University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3590


Jeffery Goldberg

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2241


John H. Campbell, DDS, MS, FACS

Associate Professor;

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

112D Squire Hall, Buffalo NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6230


Seiji Ohtake

Clinical Instructor

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2241


Patricia Nisbet, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Program Coordinator; Clinical Assistant Professor

School of Nursing

Estimated Expenses

Advanced Education General Expenses, 2020/2021 School Year *

  NY State Resident Out-of-State US Resident International Non-US Resident
University Tuition $11,310 $23,100 $23,100
   UB Fees & Other Costs      
   Broad-Based UB fees $2822 $2822 $2822
   Medical Insurance $2,298 $2,298 $1,792
   Books & Supplies $1,422 $1,422 $1,422
   Direct Loan Origination Fee $109 $109  
   International Student Fee     $200
 Fees & Costs Sub Total $6,651 $6,651 $6,236


University Tuition plus Fees & Costs 











Estimated Living Expenses (9.5 Months)

Living Alllowances, Transportation and Personal Expenses

TOTAL: Tuition, Fees & Living for students in Biomaterials, Oral Biology, Oral Sciences and AEGD International Scholars Program
  $37,635 $49,425 $49,010



School Clinical Fees      
Clinic Management System (CMS) Fee* $10,000
Post-Graduate Fee** $7,000
TOTAL: Tuition, Fees & Living for students in Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics. Additional expenses may be required for program completion (e.g. special supplies); contact program for information.
  **All Endodontics students: Add $2,000 for sterilization and equipment fees
Total Cost (incudes Living Expenses plus 
Tuition and Fees)
$54,635 $66,425 $66,010
  NYS resident Out-of-State Resident International Non-US Resident

Explanation of Fees

  • Broad-based UB Fees: Charged to all UB Students.  Includes Student Activity Fee, Comprehensive Fee, and Academic Excellence and Success Fee.  More information available:
  • Medical Insurance Premium: Waived for students who document appropriate, alternative coverage.
  • Books & Supplies: Estimate; based on course requirements.      
  • *CMS Fee: To cover dental instrument sterilization, maintenance & replacement and to support clinic computing costs; does not apply to Orofacial Pain.
  • **Post-Graduate Fee: For expenditures, equipment, computers, instruments, and supplies needed for higher level course instruction; does not apply to Oral Pathology.
  • International Student Fee: ($100/Semester) Applicable to all matriculated international students.
  • For more information:

NOTE: The tuition and fee rates shown are subject to change without prior notice pending official approval from the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Courses & Curriculum

Didactic Curriculum - First Year: Fall Semester

ODS 560: Research Seminar in Pain, 1.0 credit

OS 512: Research Design in the Oral Sciences, 2.0 credits

ODS 513: Bioelectrical Measurements, 3.0 credits

ODS 603: Medical Biophysics, 3.0 credits 

ODS 500: TMD: Conceptional Foundations, 2.0 credits *

ODS 514: Anatomy and Physiology of the Masticatory System, 3.0 credits *

*offered every other year-may be taken second year fall semester

Didactic Curriculum - First Year: Spring Semester

OS 518: Statistical Methods in the Oral Sciences, 4.0 credits

OS 502: Oral Sciences:  Physiology of Pain, 2.0 credits

ODS 560: Research Seminar in Pain, 1.0 credit

ODS 651: Research 2.0 credits

CLD 555: Head and Neck Anatomy, 1.0 credit *

ODS 952: Literature Review, 1.0 credit

NPM 569: Neurobiological Basis of Mental Health and Addictive Disorders

*offered every other year, may be taken second year spring semester

Didactic Curriculum-Second Year: Fall and Spring Semesters

ODS 560: Research Seminar in Pain, 1.0 credit

ODS 651: Research, 4.0 to 6.0 credits

ODS 653: Thesis Guidance, 1.0 credit (spring semester only)

Clinical Curriculum: Year-Long

ODS 942: TMD: Orofacial Pain Clinic, 4.0 credits

ODS 940: TMD: Clinical Pain Seminar (Case Conference), 1.0 credit

ODS 955: Teaching TMD and Orofacial Pain, 1.0 credit

ODS 952: Literature Review, 1.0 credit

Clinical Rotations

Neurology, Headache, Sleep Medicine and Imaging


The combined MS in Oral Sciences and TMD & Orofacial Pain program does not have a stipend or tuition waiver available at this time.

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

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a DDS, DMD or equivalent.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit all documents listed below.  Your application will not be complete until these items have been received and you have submitted your application for formal review.

Required (All candidates applying via the UB Application)

1. The On-line UB Application

  • Please complete all questions on the application completely and accurately.
  • You must select your desired entry term (i.e. Fall 2020) and intended program of study as you begin the application.
  • The personal information section of the application provides special instructions for international applicants; be certain to following instructions on how to accurately enter your name.

2. $50.00 non-refundable application fee paid on UBePay

  • Once you have submitted your online application for review, you will be able to pay the application fee by credit/debit card. Your application cannot be reviewed until the fee has been paid. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

3. CV/Resume (upload with your application)

4. Personal Statement (upload with your application or type statement directly into the application)

5. Letters of Recommendation

  • Two letters of recommendation and a Dean's letter (if graduated from a US or Canadian dental school), otherwise three letters of recommendation.
  • Recommendation letters must be uploaded electronically by your recommenders.
  • You will submit names, titles and email addresses for three recommenders. They will receive an email request to electronically submit a letter on your behalf.  The notification is traditionally sent to recommenders after the application is submitted for review However, you can opt to have the email requests sent immediately as you enter recommender names; this option is suggested for candidates who are applying close to the application deadline to ensure sufficient time for upload.

6. Unofficial transcripts from EVERY college/university attended

  • If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original transcripts with proper signatures, seals or stamps. Academic documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an exact, certified translation; ECE course-by-course report is preferred.  International applicants please include copy of certificate with proof of degree.

7. Unofficial NBDE Scores (optional)

  • Unofficial scores from the National Board of Dental Examination Part I and/or Part II; optional for all programs not using the PASS application.
  • International applicants — please also include unofficial course-by-course evaluation conducted by ECE (Educational Credential Evaluation).  Internationally trained dentists, regardless of citizenship status, must submit a TOEFL score that meets the UB requirement of 79; IELTS will be accepted in place of the TOEFL.

Additional Requirements — International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, please submit the following:

1. Unofficial TOEFL Score Report that meets University Requirements

TOEFL score report must be at or above minimum of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) / 79 (internet based) or better obtained within eighteen months of the application deadline. An official score report must be provided upon acceptance.  UB’s School Code is: 2925.

2. UB Financial Form

  • All International applicants must complete and upload the UB financial form documenting all sources of anticipated educational support.  The upload option will appear in the applicant portal after application is submitted for review.

Note: Financial documentation is required for visa issuance - documentation may be submitted after acceptance but I-20 documentation cannot be issued without it. 

3. Photocopy of Passport Biographical Page

4. Photocopy of Your Current I-20 AND the F-1 Visa Stamp in Your Passport (if currently an F-1 Student)

* All documents become property of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and are not returnable to the applicant.


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