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The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry offers a variety of training experiences in the field of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain. 

UMN East BankProgram options include:

  • A two-year advanced residency program in TMD and orofacial pain that leads to a certificate degree, usually with a M.S. degree with a focus in TMD and orofacial pain
  • A two-year advanced residency program in orofacial pain that leads to a certificate degree only
  • A Ph.D. program in selected fields (neuroscience, oral biology, epidemiology) with clinical training in TMD and orofacial pain
  • A three-day miniresidency in TMD and orofacial pain

Certificate (MS)

This two-year program option leads to a Certificate in Orofacial Pain, and an optional Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Dentistry. The program involves clinical, didactic, and research training and is designed for dentists interested in clinical, academic or teaching careers.

The program focuses on acquisition of strong clinical skills in evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of TMD and orofacial pain disorders as well as the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring with intraoral appliances.

Most of the student's time will be spent in the clinic. Additional time is spent attending courses in pain management, neuroscience, pharmacology, behavioral sciences, and other biomedical areas, as well as journal reviews, seminars, and participation in research projects.

Certificate (no MS)

As one option, we offer a two-year program that leads to a certificate degree in Orofacial Pain, but no M.S. degree in Dentistry. It is designed primarily for the dentist interested in clinical training.

This program requires completion of all of the courses offered for the Master of Science, but no thesis credits or research project.

PhD

Ph.D. programs and post-doctoral research positions are offered through the Oral Biology Program at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Funding is available through the individual faculty's research projects. This program offers a five-year combined research and clinical program as well as post-doctoral training. Candidates with United States citizenship or permanent residency status may qualify for government funding from the NIH/NIDCR supported Minnesota Craniofacial Research Program (MinnCResT).

In this program, students attend the clinic leading to a certificate in Orofacial Pain, no longer than four years, and complete Ph.D. coursework and thesis research concurrently for an estimated period of five years.

Please contact Ann Hagen, Assistant Program Director, or Dr. Raj Gopalakrishnan, Program Director, regarding the Oral Biology Program.

Please contact Dr. Mark Herzberg, Director, regarding the MinnCResT program.

Miniresidency

A three-day mini-residency in TMD and Orofacial Pain is offered by the Department of Continuing Dental Education of the School of Dentistry.

This program is designed for the practicing dentist, psychologist, physical therapist, or physician to learn more about evaluation, diagnosis, and management of orofacial pain disorders including temporomandibular disorders.

The course is held once a year through Continuing Dental Education (612-625-1418). It includes lectures, demonstrations, observation of patients, and hands-on evaluation of patients. Enrollment is limited to eight clinicians.

  • The first day includes didactic seminars with hands on learning of the clinical evaluation.
  • The second day involves collaboration with faculty in evaluation and management of orofacial pain patients.
  • The third day is spent using these new techniques to evaluate, diagnose and develop a treatment plan for a patient in the clinic.

The most current techniques and knowledge in the field, including techniques of splints, medication, physical therapy, health psychology, and surgery are presented.

Contact us

Program Director
Shanti Kaimal, BDS, MDS

Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain
University of Minnesota
6-320 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-625-3984

Patient care

We provide care to patients with TMJ (temporomandibular joint), jaw, head, and/or neck pain disorders, including clicking, locking of the TMJ, or difficulty using the jaw, as well as conditions including burning mouth and sleep disorders, including sleep apnea and snoring.

The first appointment is scheduled with a dentist for an evaluation involving an interview and physical examination of the mouth, head and neck. After the evaluation is complete, an individualized treatment plan is designed. Services in our clinic are submitted to medical insurance.

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