Centers & Services

Occlusal and Oral Functional Rehabilitation Department

What is Occlusal and Oral Functional Rehabilitation Department?

This department will mainly address your prosthodontic needs, i.e. missing teeth or tooth decay, and occlusion/TMJ related needs.

Our Staffs

Director, Occlusal and Oral Functional Rehabilitation

Shogo Minagi, Professor
[Prostheses, dental occlusion, management of temporomandibular joint disorders, dentures, geriatric dentistry, maxillofacial rehabilitation, dental implants]

Staff

Tetsuya Hara Associate professor [Prostheses, geriatric dentistry, temporomandibular joint disorder]
Goro Nishigawa Lecturer [Prostheses, maxillofacial prosthetics, dental implant]
Yukinori Maruo Lecturer [Prostheses, dental implant]
Kazuhiro Oki Assistant professor [Prostheses, dental implants]
Naoki Kodama Assistant professor [Prostheses, dental implant, temporomandibular joint disorder]
Shigehisa Kawakami Assistant professor [Prostheses, temporomandibular joint disorder]
Naoto Maeda Assistant professor [Prostheses, maxillofacial prosthetics]
Daisuke Araki Assistant professor [Prostheses, geriatric dentistry]

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Weekly schedule of outpatient physicians and dentists

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Outpatient physicians and dentists AM
(9:00-12:00)
Consultation by appointment Professor
Minagi
Lecturer
Nishigawa
Consultation by appointment Associate professor Hara
PM
(13:00-16:00)
Consultation by appointment Consultation by appointment Consultation by appointment Consultation by appointment Consultation by appointment
Clinical sections available by day of the week AM   Temporomandibular disorder,orofacial pain,metallic allergy,sports dentistry,maxillofacial prosthesis,dental implant,special denture Temporomandibular disorder,orofacial pain,sports dentistry,esthetic dentistry,maxillofacial prosthesis,dental implant,special denture   Temporomandibular disorder,orofacial pain,sports dentistry,maxillofacial prosthesis,dental implant,
special denture
PM Temporomandibular disorder,orofacial pain Dental implant Dental implant,esthetic dentistry Temporomandibular disorder,orofacial pain  

Treatment services

Our 27 dentists, including supervisory doctors of Japan Prosthodontic Society and specialists, provide common prosthetic care for outpatients and restorative care for missing teeth and jaw bones after surgery. The department is designated as a training institution by the Japan Prosthodontic Society, Japanese Society of Gerodontology,Japanese Society of Orofacial pain, and Japanese Society for Temporomandibular Joint.

Treatment policy

Dental treatments include includes many options of therapeutic techniques. We assign top priority to providing high-quality services with each specialized technique.
We offer a full explanation before treatment. Especially when tooth grinding or surgery is required, we would present possible treatment options and explain their benefits and shortcomings sufficiently. Additionally, in treatment, we aim for improvement of a patient’s QOL using superior knowledge and techniques.

Specialties

  • Dentures (artificial teeth): to provide comfortable artificial teeth to patients with denture troubles; improvement of mastication (including elderly people and patients with dysfunctions)
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder: treatment for the temporomandibular joint pain and occlusal disharmony
  • Articulation disorders: treatment for patients with articulation (speech) disorders caused by stroke, neurologic diseases and tissue defects caused by surgical operations
  • Maxillofacial prosthetics: to provide restoration for deficient teeth and maxilla or mandible caused by surgical operation for tumor or injury, etc.

Scope of Target diseases

  • Missing teeth caused by dental caries, periodontal diseases and trauma
  • Defects of the jaw bone and its surrounding tissues after surgical operation
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (including head and neck pain)
  • Eating and swallowing disorders
  • Articulation (speech) disorders
  • Denture disharmony (concerning mastication, articulation, teeth alignment, pain, etc.)
  • Disharmony of crown bridge (occlusion, color, etc.)
  • Dental implants and others

For outpatients

Outpatient services are provided from 9:00 a.m. to 16:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday. An appointment in advance is necessary for treatment settings. New and revisiting patients must come to the general dentistry receptionist desk from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. to receive the outpatient service of the Occlusal and Oral Functional Rehabilitation Department.

Highly advanced/special medical treatments

Techniques covered by health insurance programs

  • Maxillofacial Prosthetics
  • Occluso-swallow prosthesis, masticato-swallow prosthesis

Techniques performed as medical treatments at a patient’s own expense

  • Advanced treatment of dentures
  • Articulation disorder treatment (We have developed a device to improve articulation disorder caused by velopharyngeal insufficiency, enhancing therapeutic efficacy.)
  • Occlusal treatment using double-casted precision metal crown

Main methods for testing and explanation

  • Intraoral x-ray: basic diagnostic examination for conducting every prosthetic treatment
  • Temporomandibular joint MRI and Tomography: necessary to make a diagnosis for temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Jawbone CT: required to make a diagnosis for dental implant treatment
  • Occlusal examination: detailed examination of occlusal conditions, required for diagnoses of temporomandibular disorders and quality of crown restorations