Academic Programs

Orofacial Pain Program


Program Director
Dr. Pei Feng Lim

Phone: (919) 537-3939


Location: 2050 First Dental Bldg

Orofacial Pain Clinic
UNC School of Dentistry
Campus Box #7450
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-7450


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers an Orofacial Pain Certificate Program, and a combined Orofacial Pain Certificate and Oral Biology PhD Program (with focus on pain neurobiology). The Orofacial Pain Certificate Program is a two-year program leading to a certificate in orofacial pain. Candidates interested in the combined Orofacial Pain Certificate and Oral Biology PhD Program must apply separately to both programs and be independently accepted by both programs.

The Orofacial Pain Certificate program is approved and accredited by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association. The program include clinics, didactic curriculum, journal club, case conferences, research, and rotations to specialized pain clinics affiliated with the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and UNC Hospitals. Half of the program time is dedicated to the diagnosis and management of orofacial pain. The didactic curriculum encompasses biomedical sciences, functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of pain, behavioral sciences, clinical sciences, multidisciplinary pain management, teaching and research. Upon completion of the program, the residents are eligible for examination and certification by the American Board of Orofacial Pain.

Commission on Dental Accreditation

Solicitation of Third Party Comments

(Posted Date: 1/05/17)

The Commission on Dental Accreditation has scheduled an accreditation visit for the Advanced Education in Orofacial Pain Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry on Thursday April 25, 2017. This announcement solicits third-party comments from communities of interest and the public (faculty, students, patients, and others) pertaining to the standards for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program or policies and procedures used in the Commission’s accreditation process. The deadline for the receipt of third party comments in the Commission office is sixty (60) days prior to the site visit. Comments must be signed. Signatures will be removed from comments prior to forwarding them to the program. A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, IL 60611, or by calling 1/800-621-8099, extension 4653. (