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 2020 Enrollment

The application cycle will run from July 1 - December 1, 2019.

Interviews for fall admission will take place January - March.

Acceptance letters will be sent March - April.

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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

Associate Professor, Residency Director, Interim Chair

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

112 Squire Hall, Buffalo NY

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, 2018/2019 School Year *

  NY State Resident Out of State US Resident International Non US Resident
University Tuition $11,090 $22,650 $22,650
University Fees      
Student Activity  $128 $128 $128
Academic Excellence $475 $475 $475
Comprehensive  $2,051 $2,051 $2,051
Medical Insurance $2,210 $2,210 $1,450
Books & Supplies $1,392 $1,392 $1,392
Clinic Mgmt. System (CMS) ** $9,000 $9,000 $9,000
Post-Graduate *** $7,000 $7,000 $7,000
International Student     $200
Sub Total $22,256 $22,256 $21,696
Total Tuition and Fees  $33.346 $44,906 $44,346
All Endodontics students: Add $2,000 for sterilization and equipment fees  $35,346 $46,906 $46,346
Estimated Living Expenses      
Personal expenses $1,830 $1,830 $1,830
Transportation $1,732 $1,732 $1,732
Living Allowances $18,201 $18,201 $18,201
Total Living Expenses $21,763 $21,763 $21,763
TOTAL TUITION AND OTHER EXPENSES $55,109 $66,669 $66,109

Explanation of Fees

Activity Fee: Mandatory fee leveled by student's respective divisions.

Academic Excellence Fee: Mandatory fee used to enhance student academic support services,advisement, research opportunities, equipment, facilities, and scholarship. technology needs, new campus life initiative/improvements.

CMS Fee**: Covers dental instrument sterilization, maintenance & replacement and to support clinic computing costs.  Does not apply to students in TMD/Orofacial Pain and Oral Pathology. 

Post-Graduate Fee***: For expenditures, equipment, computers, instruments, and supplies needed for higher level course instruction. Does not apply to Oral Pathology students.

Please note:

  1. * The Advanced Education General Expenses Budget applies to students in the following clinical programs: Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.  Advanced Education students enrolled in other programs should refer to the Graduate Student Budget published by the University.
  2. Most clinical certificate programs are subject to additional expenses; please contact your program director to determine costs.
  3. 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.

Application Information

Fall 2020 Applicants — Important Dates

Step Date(s)
Applications Accepted July 1 - December 1, 2019
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.


If you have questions about the application process, please contact:

Advanced Education Admissions 
(716) 829-2839

Required (All Applicants)

1. The On-line Application

  • Please complete all questions on the application completely and accurately.
  • You must complete the International On-Line Application if you are an international student who is not an immigrant, regardless of where you graduated from dental school; check the box for "International Applicant" after selecting degree program on the Interactive Graduate Application Site (GRADMIT)
  • You must complete the Domestic On-Line Application if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., regardless of where you graduated from dental school

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

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

3. CV / Resume

4. 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:
  • In the recommendation section of this online application, you submit three referees with their email addresses. They will receive an email notification to electronically submit an online recommendation only after you submit your application for formal review.

5. 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. International applicants please include copy of certificate with proof of degree.
  • 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 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.

  •  If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original TOEFL score reports.

2. UB Financial Form / Bank Documents

  • All International applicants must complete and upload to their application the UB financial form documenting all the sources of your financial support with the sponsor's signature. Official supporting documentation as outlined in the instructions must also be uploaded.
  • Official financial documents verifying scholarship support from your government if applicable. Upload in the Bank Documents section.
  • No certificate of eligibility will be issued without satisfactory financial documentation. Financial documentation is required for visa issuance only-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 You Are 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.


Advanced Ed

Advanced Education Admissions

Phone: 716-829-6927; Fax: 716-829-2731


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