TMD and Orofacial Pain
Heidi C. Crow, DMD, MS
Oral Diagnostic Sciences
355 Squire Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214
Telephone: (716) 829-2241
Fax: (716) 829-3554
The Advanced Education Program in TMD & Orofacial Pain provides an opportunity to acquire clinical assessment and treatment skills for these disorders, within the context of graduate education that focuses on the acquisition of research skills and a scientific knowledge base. This 24 month graduate 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 not only on the diagnosis and management, but also integrating care with the patient’s physical, behavioral, medical and psychosocial situations.
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.
The principle goals of the TMD and Orofacial Pain Program are to prepare a graduate to:
Care for patients with TMD and other orofacial pain disorders.
Understand the structural, biological and behavioral factors underlying pain in general and orofacial pain specifically.
Interact with other health care professionals in order to facilitate the patients' total health care.
Utilize critical thinking analysis and evidenced based care in treatment decisions and continuous quality improvement.
Conduct research in TMD, orofacial pain, or in a closely related field.
Teach clinical care of TMD & orofacial pain patients.
DDS, DMD, or equivalent
International applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 213 computer-based, 79 internet based and 550 paper-based
Combined MS and TMD & Orofacial Pain: February 1
Submit the following to Dr. Heidi Crow, email@example.com:
Resume and letter of intent
In addition, apply to the MS program in Oral Sciences: Oral Sciences, MS
Core Program Faculty
Heidi C. Crow, DMD, MS, Associate Professor, Oral Diagnostic Sciences and Program Director, TMD & Orofacial Pain Program
Yoly M. Gonzalez, DDS, MS, Assistant Professor, Oral Diagnostic Sciences
Willard D. (Scott) McCall, Jr., PhD, Professor and Acting Chair, Oral Diagnostic Sciences
Richard Ohrbach, DDS, PhD, Associate Professor, Oral Diagnostic Sciences
Adjunct Program Faculty
John H. Campbell, DDS, MS, Associate Professor and Residency Director, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
R. Seiji Ohtake, Physical therapist, Clinical Instructor, Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences
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, 1.0 credits
OS 504: Oral Immunology, 2.0 credits
ODS 560: Research Seminar in Pain, 1.0 credits
ODS 651: Research 2.0 credits
CLD 555: Head and Neck Anatomy, 1.0 credits *
*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
ODS 940 TMD- Clinical Pain Seminar (Case Conference)
ODS 955: Teaching TMD and Orofacial Pain
Rotations to University-affiliated hospital departments or services are available on an individual basis.
Frequently asked questions
Does the program provide a stipend or tuition waiver? The combined MS in Oral Sciences and TMD & Orofacial Pain program does not have a stipend or tuition waiver available at this time.
Does successful completion of this program lead to a specialty in TMD & Orofacial Pain? This educational area is not one of the American Dental Association’s recognized dental specialty areas. Therefore, dentists graduating from this program cannot announce that they are specialists, as recognized by the American Dental Association.