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Features of Dental Care in Japan

The most commonly used international measure for oral health is the prevalence of edentulousness (the proportion of people with no teeth). In Europe and the U.S. it is 25–30% for those 65 years old and above, but in Japan it is 10%, which is remarkably low. This is the result of the provision of safe and reliable treatment through the highest standard of dental technology and cutting-edge medical devices and materials, as well as the therapeutic principle of preserving your own teeth as much as possible, which has been traditionally carried out.

Excellent Dental Technology and Dental Care Delivery System

Dental technology in Japan, in relation to standard dental therapy or cosmetic dentistry, is based on the traditional principle of gentle dental care for the teeth, in which drilling and extracting of teeth are avoided as much as possible. Even when carrying out surgical interventions, such as implants, the specialists in the field have an advanced level of experience and skills to provide necessary and painless treatment for patients with various conditions. For example, in the case of patients who have medical conditions such as cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular diseases that need to be taken into consideration, it is difficult to care for the whole body while the patient is undergoing dental therapy. Care for the whole body during dental therapy is also difficult for aging adults, who have a higher chance of having complicated medical conditions, for patients with psychological diseases, and for disabled people with motor function defects. The main reason these patients can still be given safe and highly sophisticated treatment is because whole-body dentistry has been established as a specialty in Japan in conjunction with an advanced method of team medicine that includes fields other than dentistry.

Furthermore, following surgery, chewing and swallowing rehabilitation is absolutely necessary. For this reason, when carrying out surgical procedures at the oral surgery department, rehabilitation is taken into consideration when it comes to selecting the appropriate surgical method, and we aim to enable the patient’ s quick return to normal life. A QOL-boosting people-friendly, gentle therapy is therefore provided.

High Quality Achievement Due to Cooperation between Dentists and Skilled Dental Technicians

Dental technicians in Japan must have a license (national certification) and fabricate dentures (false teeth), dental prosthesis (implants/crowns), and others based on prescriptions written by dentists. They must therefore have certain skills and knowledge. The skills of dental technicians in Japan are at the highest level in the world, especially because of nimble fingers, meticulous works and the use of cutting-edge IT technology. Manufacturing dentures and crowns suitable for various patients is made possible through close cooperation with dentists.

The early development of a concept of team medicine that includes dentists and dental technicians, as well as dental hygienists, has led to a sophisticated level of dental care.

Superior Quality of Safety in Medical Care

The main features of dental care in Japan are found in the application and safe use of cutting-edge devices and materials. Japanese dental devices and materials are developed making full use of state-of-the-art technology at a Nobel-Prize-winning level of quality in the field of science and technology. The devices and materials are exquisite and high quality even by international standards, and their safety is ensured by the Japanese Pharmaceutical Affairs Act, which is the most rigid in the world. Furthermore, great care is taken to prevent hospital infections, which are a problem in some countries, and adequate countermeasures are taken at every hospital. Hospital infection control is one of the top priorities, not only in dentistry but also in general medical care in Japan, and is an important criterion in hospital assessment. Additionally, a system is in place in which hospitals check on each other to confirm safety levels in medical care and related performance measures, a system that is rarely found abroad.

In order to provide comfortable treatment, a relaxing environment has been created for the patients. Local anesthesia using micro injection needles, intravenous sedation to remove any anxiety, and air abrasion and lasers to drill teeth without vibration or pain are used for painless and stress-free treatment. All of this is performed at a high level of safety, allowing for a therapy gentle to the body.

International Comparison of Prevalence of Edentulousness

(Petersen PE, et al. Bull World Health Organ. 2005; 83(9): 661-9.)

Age Group Name of Country Prevalence of Edentulousness
65−69 years old Japan (’05 Field Survey on Dental Problems) 7%
USA 26%
65−74
years old
Japan (’05 Field Survey on Dental Problems) 10%
China 11%
Italy 13%
Cambodia 13%
Lithuania 14%
Austria 15%
India 19%
Madagascar 25%
Poland 25%
Romania 26%
Denmark 27%
Hungary 27%
Lebanon 35%
Sri Lanka
37%
Slovakia 44%

Tohoku University Hospital Dental Unit

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A Message to Our International Patients

Tohoku University Hospital Dental Unit has been providing safe and advanced dental implant services since its relocation to a new outpatient building in 2010. Its main features are: (1) updated facilities certified by the Japan Council for Quality Health Care (operating rooms for dental implant surgery, inpatient facilities, private examination rooms adjacent to dental laboratories); (2) thorough infection control (complete sterilization of instruments and their parts); (3) the latest diagnostic assay equipment (helical CT, cone beam CT); (4) medical treatment by a team of specialists; (5) use of the critical path method; (6) provision of high-level medical care (application for denture implant, maxillofacial prosthesis, esthetic dentistry, advanced ridge resorption cases, maxillofacial defect cases, cleft lip and palate cases); and (7) close cooperation with medical departments (e.g., head and neck surgery department, plastic surgery department). Safe and advanced medical care based on evidence is provided.

Established 2003
(Established by integrating the University Hospital Faculty of Dentistry and the University Hospital Faculty of Medicine)
Director
Dr. Toru Shimosegawa
(Deputy Assistant Hospital Director in Charge of Dentistry: Dr. Takatsugu Sasano)
Number of Staff Members
Dentists: 189 (137 Full-Time Dentists)
Dental Hygienists: 15
Clinical Departments
Outpatient Implants Diagnostic Imaging using CT, Implant Prosthesis (Placement Surgery, Manufacture of Implant Superstructure), Implant Dentures (Advanced Medical Care Obtained), Maxillofacial Prosthesis Doctor-in-charge: Dr. Shigeto Koyama
Payment Methods
Cash, Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, JCB)

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Address
1-1 Seiryo-cho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi 980-8574
10 minutes on foot from Sendai City Subway Kita-Yobancho Station
50 minutes from Sendai Airport by car
URL
http://www.hosp.tohoku.ac.jp/

Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital, Faculty of Dentistry

Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital, Faculty of Dentistry

A Message to Our International Patients

In order to practice the safest and finest dentistry, our hospital provides each and every patient with dental care of the highest standard of quality that meets his/her needs. In particular, we treat cavities and periodontal disease, provide dentures that compensate for the function of lost teeth, and perform general dental surgery. We also offer dental treatment for stomatognathic tumors and maxillofacial defects caused by trauma or inflammation as well as treatment for restoring mastication, swallowing, oral function vital for pronunciation, and improved esthetic appearance. Furthermore, we provide implant surgery using IV sedation for safe and comfortable treatment. Meanwhile, in pediatric dentistry, the treatment and prevention of dental and oral disease are provided, and we ensure an age-appropriate development of normal dental and oral functions. Finally, we also look after the dental health of athletes.

Established 1916
Director Dr. Masahiko Shimada
Number of Staff Members
Dentists: 348 (153 Full-Time Dentists)
Dental Hygienists: 32
Clinical Departments
Outpatient Clinic for Cavities, Outpatient Clinic for Periodontal Disease, Outpatient Clinic for Dentures, Outpatient Clinic for Chin Prosthesis, Dental Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Outpatient Clinic for Implants, Outpatient Clinic for Dental Anesthesia, Outpatient Clinic for Sports Dentistry, Outpatient Clinic for Oral Care
Payment Methods
Cash, Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, JCB)

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Address
1-5-45 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8549
3 minutes on foot from the JR Ochanomizu Station
1 minute on foot from Tokyo Metro Ochanomizu Station
30 minutes from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) by car
URL
http://www.tmd.ac.jp/denthospital/index.html

The Nippon Dental University Hospital

The Nippon Dental University Hospital

A Message to Our International Patients

In Japan, physicians and specialists are certified by dental societies. At our university hospital, where our staff is made up of specialists highly trained in their respective areas of expertise, we take a multidisciplinary approach to oral medical examinations, and we believe that we can accommodate international patients using this method.

At our Comprehensive Dental Examination Center, examinations are performed in an environment with a complete set of medical devices, including a cone beam CT (Dental CT). If a problem is related to general physical condition, the patient can be referred for a Complete Medical Examination upon request. The Comprehensive Dental Examination consists of the following; (1) tooth decay, periodontal disease, and oral soft tissue lesion examinations; (2) an examination of saliva production and its properties; (3) an examination of bacteria (bacteria in tooth decay, bacteria in periodontal disease); (4) halitosis examinations; (5) jaw bone density examination; and (6) an oral cancer check.

Established 1907
Director Dr. Akira Hamaura
Number of Staff Members
Dentists: 203 (115 Full-time Dentists)
Dental Hygienists: 46
Clinical Departments
Comprehensive Dental Examination General Examination of the Mouth
Doctor-in-charge: Dr. Satoru Matsumoto Director, Comprehensive Dental Examination Center
Payment Methods
Cash, Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, JCB)

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Address
2·3-16 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8158
1 minute on foot from the JR Iidabashi Station
30 minutes from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) by car
URL
http://dent-hosp.ndu.ac.jp/nduhosp/

Tokyo Dental College Chiba Hospital

Tokyo Dental College Chiba Hospital

A Message to Our International Patients

Our hospital is the oldest dental university in Japan and the quality of our dental care is ensured by our dentists, who are highly experienced in their fields. Patients can expect anxiety-free treatment since we have been certified by a number of academic societies. Our highly trained health professionals communicate effectively with patients as they build a relationship based on trust and put their patients’ safety as their top priority. As a university-affiliated hospital, we also have a general hospital with 22 departments and a well-established healthcare enterprise. Our motto is to examine the mouth as a vital part of your general health condition. The hospital is easily accessible, located only 30 minutes away from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) or Narita International Airport, and is conveniently surrounded by many hotels.

Established 1981
Director Dr. Nobuo Takano
Number of Staff Members
Dentists: 159 (115 Full-Time Dentists)
Dental Hygienists: 35
Clinical Departments
Implant Department Treatment of front or back tooth deficiency;
Patients unsatisfied with standard dentures or dental bridges
Doctor-in-charge: Dr. Yasutomo Yajima
Orthodontics Department Patients reluctant to speak in front of
people because of poor tooth alignment in the upper or lower jaw;
Patients seeking dental cosmetic treatment ・ Doctor-in-charge: Dr. Kenji Sueishi
Conservative Dentistry Department Patients with dental nerve disease or
periodontal disease; Patients with periodontal tissue disease seeking
regenerative therapy ・ Doctor-in-charge: Dr. Atsushi Saito
Dental Surgery Department/Oral Cancer Center Treatment of oral cancers
such as gum or tongue cancer and subsequent reconstruction and rehabilitation
Doctor-in-charge: Dr. Takahiko Shibahara
Payment Methods
Cash, Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, Aeon, Nicos)

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Address
1-2-2 Masago, Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba 261-8502
15 minutes from the JR Inage Station by Chiba Kaihin Kotsu Bus,
10 minutes from the JR Inagekaigan Station by Chiba Kaihin Kotsu Bus
30 minutes from Narita International Airport or
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) by car
URL
http://www.tdc.ac.jp/hospital/ch/index.html

Osaka University Dental Hospital

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A Message to Our International Patients

At the Center for Translational Dental Research, the Division of Dental Tissue Engineering and the Division for Advanced Dental Health Care are working cooperatively to provide advanced dental implant services through minimally invasive procedures that take into consideration esthetics and functionality.

We provide comprehensive treatment and cures for disorders related to esthetics as well as speech and eating functions of patients with congenital oral defects such as cleft lip and cleft palate. This is done through surgery, functional training, orthodontics, prosthetics, and other methods. In this way, we support a problem-free lifestyle for the patient. With our 60-year track record and data, we are able to perform cleft lip surgeries, cleft palate surgeries bone grafts, and open bite surgeries based on the patient's condition. We also use the latest technology, such as 3D imaging, to evaluate surgical procedures for jaw deformities and macroglossia (enlargement of the tongue).

Established 1953
Director
Dr. Ichijiro Morisaki
Number of Staff Members
Dentists: 243 (90 Full-Time Dentists)
Dental Hygienists: 9
Clinical Departments
Prosthesis Department Implant-Supported Bridge/Removable Prosthesis
Doctor-in-charge: Dr. Yoshinobu Maeda
Oral Surgery Department Surgery for Oral Birth Defects (e.g. Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate)
Doctor-in-charge: Dr Mikihiko Kogo
Payment Methods
Cash, Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, American Express)

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Address
1-8 Yamadaoka, Suita-shi, Osaka 565-0871
25 minutes on foot from the Hankyu Senri Line Kita-senri Station
15 minutes on foot from the Osaka Monorail Handai-byoin-mae Station
30 minutes from Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport) by car
URL
http://hospital.dent.osaka-u.ac.jp/

Osaka Dental University Hospital

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A Message to Our International Patients

Osaka Dental University Hospital is a comprehensive medical facility for dentistry that celebrated its centennial in 2011. With an Internal Medicine Department, Ear/Nose/Throat Department, and Ophthalmology Department, it functions as a dental center for the Kansai Region. The hospital is equipped with advanced medical devices such as CT, MRI, and dental CT. We specialize and have experience in surgical corrections and oral implants for jaw deformities, cosmetic dentistry such as all-ceramic crowns and teeth whitening, and comprehensive treatment for temporomandibular joint derangement (TMJ), including surgery and oral cancer treatment. As the globalization of medical care continues to grow, we are working together with overseas medical institutions, and are fully prepared to proactively accept international patients based on the philosophy of our hospital.

Established 1911
Director
Dr. Kenji Kakudo
Number of Staff Members
Dentists: 309 (248 Full-Time Dentists)
Dental Hygienists: 36
Clinical Departments
Oral Surgery Department Surgical Correction for Jaw Deformities
Doctors-in-charge: Dr. Kenji Kakudo, Dr. Masahiro Nakajima, Dr. Yuichi Onishi, Dr. Akihiro Yoshida Oral Surgery for Cancers of the Upper and Lower Jaw, Tongue Cancer, Ameloblastoma, etc.
Doctors-in-charge: Dr. Shosuke Morita, Dr. Masahiro Nakajima, Dr. Tomio Iseki, Dr. Yuichi Onishi Prosthetic Bite Treatment Department/
Operative Dentistry Department Cosmetic Dentistry such as All-Ceramic Crowns/
Cross Arch Bridges/Laminate Veneers/Whitening
Doctors-in-charge: Dr. Masahiro Tanaka, Dr. Kazuhiko Suese, Dr. Kazuyo Yamamoto Periodontal Treatment Department Periodontal Regeneration Method Doctor-in-charge: Dr. Masatoshi Ueda
Oral Implant Department Implant of Front Teeth and Molars Through Immediate Placement and Immediate Loading
Doctors-in-charge: Dr. Shunsuke Baba, Dr. Masahiro Inoue, Dr. Takanori Eto
Payment Methods
Cash, Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, American Express, Diners Club, Discover)

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Address
1-5-17 Otemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 540-0008
5 minutes on foot from Keihan Honsen Temmabashi Station
4 minutes on foot from the Tanimachi Subway Line Temmabashi Station
Approximately 105 minutes from Kansai International Airport by car
Approximately 45 minutes from Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport) by car
URL
http://www.osaka-dent.ac.jp/hospital/