James Fricton DDS, MS: Professor and Orofacial Pain Specialist

James Fricton DDS, MS, co-founder of the clinic, takes great joy in helping patients with simple to complex head, neck, orofacial, and TMJ pain conditions as well as obstructive sleep disorders.

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His approach, termed transformative care, blends evidence-based treatments through an interdisciplinary team with extensive training of patients in how to manage their own pain. In addition to his role as a Pain Specialist at the Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic, Dr. Fricton is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Public Health.

Professional Information

Meet James R. Fricton DDS, MS

Basic Information Details
State Medical License Minnesota D9054
Physician NPI Number 1639103682
Certified Orofacial Pain Dentist Taxomony 1223X2210X
Board Certifications 1. University of Minnesota School of Dentistry – Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS)2. American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP) – Certification Number: ABOP1316 Date Joined: 6/1/1986 | Certification Year: 2007

3. Residency at the University of Minnesota in Orofacial Pain, Temporomandibular disorders and Sleep Dentistry – Certificate in Orofacial Pain and Master’s of Science in Dentistry

Clinical Trials at the University of Minnesota Tailored Self-Management of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) Using Health Information Technology (TMDPACT), Study Start Date: May 8, 2017
Research at Health Partners Institute Principal investigator and director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s TMJ Implant Registry and Repository
Other Professional Roles Oral Medicine and Diagnosis, Opioid Advisory Task Force Leadership Committee, Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine clinic
Business Address Minnesota Head & Neck Pain Clinic, PA
3475 Plymouth Blvd # 200
Minneapolis, MN 55447
Phone: (763) 577-2484
(952) 892-6222
Additional Clinic Address Minnesota Head & Neck Pain Clinic, PA
675 E Nicollet Blvd St 255
Burnsville, MN 55337

Medical Procedures Offered

Pain Management Consultatio Pain Medicine Injection
Myofascial Release Pain Self-Management Strategies
Pain Medicine Follow Up Telemedicine Healthcare
Cluster Headache Treatment Temporomandibular joint injection
Botox injections Trigeminal, Facial, Head and Neck Nerve Blocks
Medication prescriptions TMJ intramural stabilization splints
Sleep apnea/ snoring splints Hypnosis and hypnotherapy


He was trained in Dentistry at the University of Iowa and in Medical Anesthesiology and Pain Management at UCLA School of Medicine, the Health Partners Institute, and started the Orofacial Pain Program at the University of Minnesota. He has 40 years of experience in patient care, University teaching, and National Institutes of Health-sponsored research on relieving and preventing chronic head and neck pain and the use of health information technology in patient care. He is internationally regarded for his 100 publications and books with his most recent NIH-sponsored research on preventing and treating chronic pain and addiction. He also founded the Personalized Activated Care and Training (www.PACTforPain.com) that helps health professionals integrate patient self-management training with treatment using a telehealth team and technology.

Leadership Positions

He has held top leadership positions in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, the American Board of Orofacial Pain, the American Board of Dental Specialties, the American Pain Society, the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching, and the International Myopain Society. He had taught many courses on chronic pain with his most recent On-line Course on Preventing Chronic Pain: A Human Systems Approach at coursera.org/learn/chronic-pain with over 50,000 participants from 176 different countries. He also has several textbooks on TMJ and Craniofacial Pain, Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia, Orofacial Disorders: Current Therapies in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine, and a fiction novel titled The Last Scroll. In addition, he has written several textbooks on TMJ and Craniofacial Pain, Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia, Orofacial Disorders: Current Therapies in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine, and a fiction novel titled The Last Scroll. He is also a health coach for the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching. His press coverage encompasses the latest technological advances in the field of TMD and Orofacial Pain Treatment with a vast array of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches including complementary and alternative therapies for pain disorders. James Friction DDS, MS teaches on The Significance of Transformative Care

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Personal Interests

He is married to Dr. Delia Dall’Arancio, an orthodontist at Minnesota Orthodontics and has 4 children and 4 grandchildren so far. His hobbies include spending time with his family, golf, swimming, running as well as writing fiction and non-fiction, making stain glass windows, and traveling.



Our mission is to provide high-quality, effective patient care for head and neck disorders through a multispecialty, interdisciplinary approach designed to reduce pain and improve function for all our patients.

3475 Plymouth Blvd # 200, Minneapolis, MN 55447

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