Occlusion and Removable Prosthodontics

Message from the Director of the Department

This Department of Occlusion and Removable Prosthodontics mainly addresses your prosthodontic needs such as missing teeth, tooth decay, and occlusion/TMJ related needs. They are provided with staff including supervisory doctors of Japan Prosthodontic Society and specialists. The Department is designated as a training institution by the Japan Prosthodontic Society, Japanese Society of Gerodontology, Japanese Society of Orofacial pain, and the Japanese Society for Temporomandibular Joint.

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Director,
Occlusion and Removable Prosthodontics
Shogo Minagi

Scope of Target Diseases

  • Missing teeth caused by dental caries, periodontal diseases, and trauma
  • Disharmony of crown bridge (occlusion, color, etc.)
  • Denture disharmony (related to mastication, articulation, teeth alignment, pain, etc.)
  • Dental implants and others
  • 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

Features and Description of Medical Care

  • Prosthetic treatment: basic diagnostic examination for conducting every prosthetic treatment
  • Temporomandibular disorders: MRI and tomography are necessary to make a diagnosis
  • Maxillofacial Prosthetics: for the jaw bone and its surrounding tissue defects after surgical operation
  • Dental implants: plan with jawbone CT
  • Okayama Dream Conversation Project: A new artificial tongue device for tongue subtotal extirpation patient is being offered through the cooperation of medical, dental, and engineering professionals.
  • Treatment for articulation (speech) disorders: Custom-made nasal speaking valve (NSV) for dysphemia accompanied with cerebral vascular disease. There are 13 consultation sites for patients who have difficulty coming to the main site.

For outpatient visits

We assign the highest priority to the provision of high-quality services with each specialized technique. We offer a full explanation before treatment when tooth grinding or drilling or surgery is particularly required. We present possible treatment options and explain their benefits and shortcomings sufficiently. We aim for improvement of a patient QOL using superior knowledge and techniques. An appointment in advance is necessary for treatment settings. New and returning patients must come to the general dentistry receptionist desk from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. to receive outpatient services of the Occlusal and Oral Functional Rehabilitation Department.