Occlusion and Orofacial Pain

Program details

Master of Science Program in Occlusion and Orofacial Pain

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Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Language of instruction:


Total credits:

53 credits


  • Located at a national reference center for TMD pain management in Central Thailand
  • Experience in a multidisciplinary orofacial pain care
  • Offer a wide array of research topics

Program overview

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.

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Located at a national reference center for TMD pain management in Central Thailand

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.


Experience in a multidisciplinary orofacial pain care

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.


Offer a wide array of research models

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.


  • King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital (Excellence Center for Sleep Disorders, Psychiatric care)

Message from the director

Chronic pain has become the global healthcare and economic burden, and orofacial pain is well recognized as one of the common causes of chronic pain. At present, the Department of Occlusion, Faculty of Dentistry, Chulalongkorn University offers two graduate programs that aim to produce leaders in occlusion and orofacial pain management.

We prepare dentist in the management of complex orofacial pain patient through a multidisciplinary approach. The 2-year program in Master of Sciences in Occlusion and Orofacial Pain provide clinical practice, communication skill, and opportunity for students to conduct research in basic, behavioral, and clinical research related to this field. Another program is the 3-year international training program, which is designed to train a dentist to become a specialist in occlusion and orofacial pain management. We also offer elective research course, so the students with research experience are then eligible for the Thai Board of Occlusion and Orofacial Pain application.

In our specialized clinic environment, students will have an extensive exposure to patients with various occlusal-related problems, as well as TMD and orofacial pain patients. Students will be competent to perform patient evaluation and establish a comprehensive management with other dental specialties, pain specialists, and sleep specialists. Students will become familiar with our facilities and treatment modalities, including computerized occlusal analysis, various intraoral appliances, physical therapy, pharmacotherapy, and laser therapy. Additionally, we also provide mandibular advancement device for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. We hope students will enjoy life and be confident with their profession after completing our programs.

Career possibilities

  • Lecturers who teach and distribute the knowledge of occlusion and orofacial pain at the public or private university.
  • Dental specialist on Occlusion and Orofacial Pain who can deliver dental care or pain management with confident, sufficient clinical skills, and empathy for complex patients.
  • Researcher who develops new explicit knowledge and evidence related to the field of masticatory system and orofacial pain.

Course details

Course structure

Program Code:
Program Plan:
A2 (Coursework and Thesis)
Total Required Credits:
53 Credits
Core Courses
26 Credits
Elective Courses
3 Credits
Clinical Courses
12 Credits
12 Credits

Academic calendar

First Academic Year

  • First semester: August – December
  • Second Semester: January – May 

Second Academic Year

  • Third Semester: August – December
  • Fourth Semester: January – May 



  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. The Program Administrative Committee reserves the rights to consider other qualifications that deem appropriate to be eligible for application.

Expected enrollment number

2-3 persons

How to apply

Master of Science Program in Occlusion and Orofacial Pain

  • Period of Admission: September 4, 2023 – November 30, 2023

Procedure of admission

  1. Please read and following procedure of admission
    Thai version: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fs1-iNkvfEjF_ZY_rkAxrgzumiLHV5hk/view?usp=sharing
    English version: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ITzemgqZqqoPa_T8TNUTT0PdC03X6gCe/view?usp=sharing
  2. Application documents must copy to pdf files or image files
  3. Fill Application Form and Upload Application documents
  4. Pay the application fee and upload pay-in slip
  5. Staff sent confirmation email of application within 5 workdays

For further information pertaining to applicant’s qualifications, please contact

Prangtip Potewiratnanond, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D.
09.00 am – 04.00 pm
Department of Occlusion,
17th Floor, Borommanard Srinakarin Building

  • Tel. (+66) 0 2218 8527


Tuition fees

Thai Student:
48,000 THB / Semester
International Student:
133,900 THB / Semester

Other costs

  • Books: approximately 5,000 THB/semester
  • Living expenses: approximately 10,000 THB/month 
  • Dormitory: 5,000-15,000 THB/month approximately 


1) Fasai Pukiat, D.D.S. M.Sc., FRCDS
Graduation: 2004
Thesis: Knowledges and opinions of dental patients to bruxism

2) Assist. Prof. Jittima Pumklin, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., FRCDS
Graduation: 2007
Thesis: Development of chewing ability questionnaire for Thai temporomandibular disorder patients

3) Assist. Prof. Pattriyaporn Boonyawong, D.D.S., M.Sc., FRCDS
Graduation: 2010
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.
Graduation: 2010
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.
Graduation: 2010
Thesis: Management of masticatory system dysfunction patients by public dentists in North-Eastern Thailand

6) Sudathip Ruaydee, D.D.S., M.Sc., FRCDS
Graduation: 2011
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.
Graduation: 2012
Thesis: Effect of stabilization splint on disclusion time in patients with masticatory muscle pain

8) Supang Chanton, D.D.S., M.Sc., FRCDS
Graduation: 2014
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.
Graduation: 2016
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.
Graduation: 2017
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
Graduation: 2017
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.
Graduation: 2017
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.
Graduation: 2017
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.


You will be assigned for clinical skill development by observing and practicing all types of simple and complicated pain patients.

  • First semester:  2 periods/week
  • Second semester: 4 periods/week
  • Third semester: 4-6 periods/week*
  • Fourth semester:  4-6 periods/week*

*Depends on your thesis; 4 periods for non-clinical research, 6 periods for clinical research

You should study under the regulations of educational periods. The maximum study period for students in a master’s degree program is 4 academic years. It can be said that you have to pass the examinations of thesis proposal within 2 academic years as well as thesis defense within 4 academic years.

Students in a master’s degree program should be eligible to graduate when: 

  • Register all required courses and receive a grade of A, B+, B, C+, C, or S, otherwise unable to graduate. 
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average not below 3.00 from 4.00.
  • Pass the thesis proposal examination.
  • Pass the thesis defense.
  • Provide evidence that part of the thesis has been accepted for publication in an academic journal or presented at an academic conference. 

Contact program

Graduate Studies Office

Faculty of Dentistry

Chulalongkorn University

10th floor, 80 Years Chalerm Navamaraj Building
34 Henri Dunant Road, Pathumwan,
Bangkok 10330,

  • Tel. +66 2218 9016, +66 2218 9021
  • Email graddentcu@gmail.com
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