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Orofacial Pain

  • Open to foreign trained dentists
  • One-to three year certificate, following the Academy of Orofacial Pain guidelines
  • One to three candidates accepted each year.
  • Eligibility and admission

You’ll become a clinically-oriented individual with the necessary background to think critically and function accordingly.

Extensive exposure to a diverse faculty, fellow residents, and clinical research gives you the opportunity to choose any one, or all three of these roles for the future.

Program Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the principal epidemiologic characteristics of TMJD and orofacial pain.
  • Develop an understanding of the basic mechanisms of normal and pathologic processes involving pain and dysfunction in the craniofacial area.
  • Develop an understanding of how the field of TMJD and orofacial pain relates to various dental health sciences.
  • Develop an understanding of the social, physical, psychological, physiological, and biological contributing factors associated with TMJD and/or orofacial pain.
  • Demonstrate competency in diagnosis and management of TMJD and orofacial pain and be able to function as an authoritative resource within academic and government institutions and clinical practice.
  • Provide evaluation of patients presenting with craniofacial pain that is adequate to establish a diagnosis and contributing factors.
  • Provide and/or coordinate management of a patient with a TMJD or other orofacial pain disorders as a single clinician or as a member of a management team.
  • Demonstrate above-average knowledge of the basic mechanisms of normal and pathologic processes involving pain and dysfunction in craniofacial areas, in order to serve as an expert witness, consultant, or investigator in research.
  • Evaluate treatment and management outcomes in the care of patients suffering from TMJD and orofacial pain.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the problems and special needs of patients suffering from TMJD and/or orofacial pain.

Clinical Activities

Residents develop clinical expertise with an understanding of differential diagnosis, treatment planning, and outcomes assessment of patients with facial pain. TMJ residents will rotate through the division of neuro-ophthalmology headache clinic.


The orofacial pain curriculum includes fundamental concepts in growth and development, neuroanatomy, diagnostic imaging, joint physiology, and disorders associated with orofacial pains.

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Residents are required to complete a clinical or basic science research project of publishable quality. Originality and independent study is expected.

Other Educational Opportunities

Programs leading to the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree can be integrated with the clinical training program through the University of Rochester or pursued independently for residents enrolling in the three year program.