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Orofacial Pain



Orofacial Pain is the emerging dental specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of pain and dysfunction of the motor and sensory aspects of the trigeminal nerve system. Previously this area of practice was referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMDs); however, current evidence indicates that many patients have signs and symptoms outside of the masticatory system that directly affect their orofacial pain complaints. Orofacial Pain practitioners routinely deal with patients whose head, neck, shoulder or systemic conditions masquerade as facial pain. The modern practice of Orofacial Pain requires a distinctly unique blend of knowledge and skills in order to deal with a patient population that frequently "falls between the cracks" of traditional dental and medical practices.


NPDS Orofacial Pain Center Exam Form

Physical Self-Regulation Patient Handout

The Orofacial Pain Department offers a five day continuing education course through the Naval Postgraduate Dental Course (NPDS). The dates, summary and objectives of the course can be found via the Bethesda CE course listing.


In July 2001, the Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS) opened the military’s first Orofacial Pain advanced training program. The program’s curriculum is based on the training guidelines of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and the International Association for the Study of Pain. The 24 or 36 month residency provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of the physiology of pain and offers a wide variety of clinical experiences through both the NPDS Orofacial Pain Center and specialty rotations in the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The graduate will receive a residency certificate upon graduation, along with a Masters in Oral Biology degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Upon successful completion of the residency, individuals are eligible to challenge the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Although previous residency training is not a prerequisite, the majority of current orofacial pain providers have completed a prior residency program.

Orofacial Pain Residency Program

The Orofacial Pain program accepts one to two individuals per year, or as needed, and is open to all federal service dentists. Non-Navy dentists are encouraged to apply. For further information about the Orofacial Pain residency contact us.

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Main:(301) 295-1495DSN:295-1495


Main: (301) 295-2070
DSN: 295-1495

Additional Information

Orofacial Pain Location
Building 2 Floor 3 Room 3274

Other locations with orofacial pain providers:
Portsmouth, VA
(757) 953-2740
DSN: 377-2740

Sewell's Point Norfolk, VA
DSN: 377-8593

Naval Branch, San Diego, CA
(619) 532-8652
DSN: 522-8652

Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, NC
(910) 450-4740
DSN: 750-4740

Kadena Flight Line, Okinawa, Japan
DSN: 315-634-6420

Travis AF Base, Fairfield, CA
Front Desk: (707) 423-7008
DSN: 799-7008

Keesler AFB, MS
(228) 376-0511
DSN: 591-0511

Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan
(315) 243-5609

Army DENTAC, Fort Jackson, SC
(803) 751-1809

Wilford Hall, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX
(210) 671-9899
DSN: 473-9899

AFB, Destin, FL
OFP Clinic: (850) 883-9192
DSN: 875-8712

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