Occlusion and Orofacial Pain
Master of Science Program in Occlusion and Orofacial Pain
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
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The Master of Science in Occlusion and Orofacial Pain Program and the Higher Graduate Diploma in Clinical Sciences (Occlusion and Orofacial Pain) at the Faculty of Dentistry, Chulalongkorn University are designed to deliver knowledge and practice clinical expertise to manage patients with complex masticatory dysfunction and/or orofacial pain. Our programs recognize the core concept of orofacial pain management as a whole-person biopsychosocial aspect. Thus, students will gain knowledge on basic masticatory science, functional occlusion concepts, neurophysiology, pain biology, sleep dentistry, advanced orofacial pain diagnosis and multidisciplinary pain management through lecture, specialized clinical practice and visiting pain clinic. The students can practice their communication and critical thinking skills in research projects, seminars, monthly case conferences, and interdisciplinary treatment planning. Overall, the students are ensured to achieve a high competency standard in occlusion and orofacial pain specialty at the end of our programs.
Chulalongkorn University held the first establishment of occlusion and orofacial pain program in Thailand, since 2002. We are recognized as a tertiary referral center for orofacial pain patient, especially TMD and masticatory dysfunction, from greater Bangkok and other parts of Thailand. This offers students the full experience of clinical evaluation and management of complex orofacial pain conditions and many interesting cases.
The program provides in-depth knowledge of core treatment strategies for management of ‘pain’ and ‘masticatory dysfunction’. We designed the courses with a collaboration with other dental specialties, psychiatrist, neurologist, physiotherapist, pharmacists, acupuncturist, sleep specialist and more, to assure that students receive the all-round view of pain management network.
The occlusion and orofacial pain specialty involves several clinical problems such as masticatory function, pain pathophysiology, and clinical outcomes of pain treatment. Our staffs are experienced in diverse research fields with wide research connections. We offer the research topics in masticatory function, sleep dentistry, neuroscience, cell biology, orofacial pain management, pain epidemiology, and more. The program also builds a strong research background for those who want to pursue for a higher degree.
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A2 (Coursework and Thesis)
Total Required Credits:
First Academic Year
- First semester: August – December
- Second Semester: January – May
Second Academic Year
- Third Semester: August – December
- Fourth Semester: January – May
- Hold a D.D.S or B.D.S or D.M.D. degree from Chulalongkorn University or the University accredited by the Ministry of Education, have dental license from the Thai Dental Council, and have GPAX not less than 2.5
- Have CU-TEP score of at least 45 or TOEFL score of at least 450 or IELTS score of at least 4.0 taken within 2 years
- The Program Administrative Committee reserves the rights to consider other qualifications that deem appropriate to be eligible for application.
Expected enrollment number
48,000 THB / Semester
133,900 THB / Semester
1) Fasai Pukiat, D.D.S. M.Sc., FRCDS
Thesis: Knowledges and opinions of dental patients to bruxism
2) Assist. Prof. Jittima Pumklin, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., FRCDS
Thesis: Development of chewing ability questionnaire for Thai temporomandibular disorder patients
3) Assist. Prof. Pattriyaporn Boonyawong, D.D.S., M.Sc., FRCDS
Thesis: Effectiveness of a health education via personal information compared with multimedia health information on adherence to hot moist application in masticatory muscle pain patients
4) Prangtip Potewiratnanond, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Thesis: Impact on oral health related quality of life in orofacial pain patients at Chulalongkorn University Dental School
5) Jitawadee Boontham, D.D.S., M.Sc.
Thesis: Management of masticatory system dysfunction patients by public dentists in North-Eastern Thailand
6) Sudathip Ruaydee, D.D.S., M.Sc., FRCDS
Thesis: The prevalence and biopsychosocial factors associated with temporal, jaw, neck pain in computer users in Chulalongkorn University
7) Amornrat Lohakanmacheep, D.D.S., M.Sc.
Thesis: Effect of stabilization splint on disclusion time in patients with masticatory muscle pain
8) Supang Chanton, D.D.S., M.Sc., FRCDS
Thesis: Management of temporomandibular disorder patients by ministry of public health dentists in the central provinces of Thailand
9) Siriya Pakanimit, D.D.S., M.Sc.
Thesis: Short-term compliance and related factors of stabilization splint in temporomandibular disorders patients at the Faculty of Dentistry, Chulalongkorn University
10) Thanaporn Sowithayasakul, D.D.S., M.Sc.
Thesis: The relationship between the level of sensory hardness and toughness evaluation and electromyography parameters of some Thai foods
11) Uthai Uma, D.D.S., M.Sc., FRCDS
Thesis: Effect of expansion screw adjustment in the locking part of a novel adjustable mandibular advancement device: simulated tensile tests
12) Tanatorn Pintusophon, D.D.S., M.Sc.
Immediate effect of combination wavelength 808 and 905 nanometer laser therapy in women with acute masticatory myalgia: a randomized controlled clinical study
13) Tra Thu Nguyen, D.D.S., M.Sc.
Thesis: Prevalence of chronic temporomandibular disorder pain and comorbidities in a group of Thai patients: a cross sectional study
- Chanton S, Vicheinnet S, Hosanguan C, Mutirangura W. Management of temporomandibular disorder patients by Ministry of Public Health general dentists in the central Thailand. J Dent Assoc Thai. 2016;66(1):35-43.
- Pakanimit S, Malakul A, Vongthongsri S. Short-term compliance with stabilization splints in a group of Thai patients with temporomandibular disorders. CU Dent J. 2017;40(1):1-12.
- Uma U, Vichiennet S, Vanichanon P. Maximum tensile resistance of non-adjusted and adjusted expansion screws in the locking part of unassisted mandibular advancement splint. CU Dent J. 2018;41(1):23-32.
- Sowithayasakul T, Supronsinchai W, Vanichanon P. The relationship between the level of sensory hardness and toughness evaluation and electromyography parameters of some Thai foods. J Dent Assoc Thai. 2018;68(1):73-83.
- Nguyen TT, Vanichanon P, Bhalang K, Vongthongsri S. Pain duration and intensity are related to coexisting pain and comorbidities present in temporomandibular disorder pain patients. J Oral Facial Pain Headache. 2019;33(2);205-212.
Graduate Studies Office
Faculty of Dentistry
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