Centers & Services

Crown Bridge Prosthetics and Oral Implantology Department

What are Crown Bridge Prosthetics and Oral Implantology?

The Department of Crown Bridge Prosthetics and Implant dentistry serves patients who have experienced tooth loss. We help them to recover masticatory, pronunciation, and aesthetic functions using oral implants or fixed or removable artificial teeth. Additionally, it diagnoses and treats temporomandibular joint and masticatory muscle disorder, stomatognathic abnormalities, orofacial pain, sleep apnea syndrome, and dental metallic allergy. The department is an institution certified by the Japan Prosthodontic Society, Japanese Society of Oral Implantology, The Japanese Society for Temporomandibular Joint, Japanese Society of Gerodontology, The Japan Association of Oral Rehabilitation, and the Japanese Society of Orofacial Pain.

Our Dentists

Director, Crown Bridge Prosthetics and Oral Implantology Department

Takuo Kuboki, Professor
[dental prosthodontics / oral implant / temporomandibular joint disorder/ orofacial pain / sleep apnea syndrome / oral rehabilitation]

Staff

Kenji Maekawa Associate professor
Vice-Director
Outpatient chief
[Dental prosthodontics, oral implants, temporomandibular joint disorder, sleep apnea syndrome]
Hajime Minakuchi Lecturer
Education chief
[Dental prosthodontics, oral implants, temporomandibular joint disorder, sleep apnea syndrome]
Kentarou Akiyama Lecturer
Office chief
[Dental prosthodontics, oral implants]
Mami Minakuchi Assistant professor [Dental prosthodontics, oral rehabilitation, NST, gerodontics]
Kumiko Nawachi Assistant professor [Dental prosthodontics, oral rehabilitation, NST, sleep apnea syndrome, gerodontics]
Aya Kimura Assistant professor (Center for Innovative Clinical Medical) [Dental prosthodontics, oral implants]
Azusa Maeda Assistant professor (Center for Promotion of Dental Education and International International Collaboration (CDI)) [Dental prosthodontics, oral rehabilitation, NST, gerodontics]
Mino Takuya Assistant professor [Dental prosthodontics, oral implants]
Yasutaka Oida Assistant professor [Dental prosthodontics, oral implants]
Haruna Miki Assistant professor [Dental prosthodontics, temporomandibular joint disorder, sleep apnea syndrome]

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Outpatients services of crown-bridge prosthetics, esthetic dentistry, specific artificial teeth, metallic allergy, sports dentistry, and maxillofacial prosthetics

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Outpatient dentists Morning
(9:00-12:00)
Hajime Minakuchi Lecturer Consultation by appointment Consultation by appointment Takuo Kuboki Professor Kentarou Akiyama Lecturer First and third Fridays Kenji Maekawa Associate professor
Afternoon
(13:00-16:00)
Consultation by appointment Consultation by appointment Consultation by appointment Consultation by appointment Consultation by appointment

Temporomandibular joint (/disorder) and orofacial pain outpatient service

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Outpatient dentists Morning
(9:00-12:00)
Hajime Minakuchi Lecturer - - Takuo Kuboki Professor First and third Fridays Kenji Maekawa Associate professor
Afternoon
(13:00-16:00)
- - Kenji Maekawa Associate professor - Takuo Kuboki Professor Hajime Minakuchi Lecturer

Oral implant outpatient service

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Outpatient dentists Morning
(9:00-12:00)
Hajime Minakuchi Lecturer Consultation by appointment Consultation by appointment Takuo Kuboki Professor Kentarou Akiyama Lecturer First and third Fridays Kenji Maekawa Associate professor
Afternoon
(13:00-16:00)
Aya Kimura Assistant professor Consultation by appointment Consultation by appointment Kentarou Akiyama Lecturer Aya Kimura Assistant professor

Treatment system

The department takes the technical-clerkship treatment system in which a particular attending physician, specialized and qualified in prosthetic departments, and support dentists are in charge of each patient.

Treatment policy

Our clinical office approaches our clinical service, always conscious of practicing patient-centered care and improvement of dental care quality to contribute to the maintenance and enhancement of the nation’s health. Regarding each treatment, we strive to provide clinical evidence-based dental care, respecting the opinions of our patients.

Specialties


Temporary fixed artificial teeth
are available on the day
of surgery.

Example of oral
implant treatment

  • Oral implants (from a case with a single tooth lost to a case with edentulous jaw)
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder, orofacial pain, bruxism, and sleep apnea syndrome
  • Esthetic dentistry (including whitening and minor tooth movement (MTM))
  • Adhesive dentistry (using bridges to shave teeth as little as possible)
  • Fixed bridge (crown and implant)
  • Removable partial dentures (full dentures and partial dentures)
  • Dental metallic allergy
  • Sports dentistry
  • Dental laser therapy
  • Oral care for sick people and elderly people, oral rehabilitation, NST activity, perioperative dental care

Scope of Target diseases

  • Tooth loss
  • Esthetic disorders
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Orofacial pain (including trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Craniomandibular disorder
  • Dental metallic allergy
  • Sleep apnea syndrome
  • Awake and sleep Bruxism
  • Eating disorder in sick people and elderly people

For outpatients

Outpatient clinic service hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday. The service is offered by your attending dentist, requiring you to make an appointment in advance. Additionally, when you are a first-visiting patient or revisiting patient who visits office for the first time for a long time, you must go to the general desk of dentistry departments by 11:00 a.m. (as early as possible). Then visit the crown-bridge prosthetic outpatient clinic.

Highly advanced/special medical treatments

Techniques covered by health insurance programs

  • Resin-bonded fixed partial denture
    (It is a bridge that uses dental adhesive resin cement for luting to shave the tooth as little as possible.)
  • Oral compliance used in treatments for clenching and sleep apnea syndrome (mouthpiece).

Techniques conducted as clinic research

  • Implant supported denture
  • Treatments for temporomandibular joint disorder and orofacial pain
  • Treatments for bruxism and sleep apnea syndrome

Technique conducted at the patient's own expense

  • Implant supported fixed and removable denture
  • Fixed bridge using esthetic materials such as ceramic (crown, bridge and implant)
  • Removable metal-based dentures (full denture and partial denture)
  • Sports dentistry (mouth guard)
  • Dental metallic allergy tests, metal free restoration
  • Dental laser therapy

Main methods used for testing and explanation

  • X-ray: extremely important method for examining the state of caries or periodontal diseases
  • Mandibular function examination: measurement of jaw movement and mastication function by MKG and EMG to make a diagnosis or a therapeutic decision. Furthermore, the degree of bruxism or clenching during sleeping is conducted by the simplified stick-on electromyography (BitestripsR ).
  • MRI: used mainly to make a diagnosis or a therapeutic decision of temporomandibular arthrosis disorder
  • CT: an important test for implant treatments, enabling three-dimensional analysis of the form of jawbones. Based on the analytic data, the implant treatment is simulated. In addition, more details about each tooth are obtained.
  • X-ray and CT examinations are used for making treatment plans for implants. Especially, the results of CT tests are analyzed using implant-oriented software.

  • In metallic allergy tests, metal is taken from the mouth for metallic analyses to identify what metal is in the mouth.