Leading dentists from Japan speak at Presents

Attendees of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim were given the opportunity to learn about restorative dentistry techniques in Japan.

The International Symposia, held April 11-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center, featured lectures from Takashi Watanabe, DDS, and Kiyokazu Minami, DDS.  The lectures, which were presented in Japanese using live simultaneous English interpretation via headphones, treated attendees with information on an alternative philosophy and treatment modalities; different cultural nuances in the delivering of dentistry; and the fostering of international camaraderie and relationships in an international setting.

Minami, who is the former chair of the Academy of Clinical Dentistry and lectures for continuing education programs at Meikai University and Asahi University in Japan, presented a set of complex cases and ways those cases could be simplified with a systematic approach. He explained to attendees that a key component of his approach is to find the center position of the face before beginning any occlusion procedure.

“Knowing where to start is key,” Minami said. “I go to the center to create a middle part and establish a new functional occlusion based on that.”

The facial analysis, according to Minami, includes identifying the horizontal reference line, vertical reference line and facial proportion. Minami stressed that he focuses on the whole mouth as one unit, making sure to look “at the trees and the forest.”

“You have to have a long term view of everything,” Minami said.

Minami also covered the split cast technique, anterior guidance, anterior teeth implants, and how to diagnose “gummy smile,” among other topics.

He said the three pillars of his dental practice are: excellent dental treatment techniques, good patient service and staff members.

Loan Sue, DDS, attended Minami’s lecture and found it to be informative. “This was a great lecture.”

Watanabe, like Minami, focused on comprehensive treatment planning for the whole mouth as one unit. He went through provisional restoration cases and stressed the importance of taking a multidisciplinary approach.

“I am aiming for family dentistry. We’re looking at the interest and risk of the patient, and so we need to diagnosis this correctly,” said Watanabe, who is a clinical professor and assistant director of continuing dental education at Meikai University School of Dentistry and president of the Japan Academy of Clinical Dentistry. “To do that, we need a team approach and a minimally invasive approach. Taking a multidisciplinary approach is important also.”

Watanabe said the top three factors of clinical dentistry from his perspective are occlusion, plaque control and esthetics. He also delved into his minimally invasive intervention treatment for caries control, which is to drill a small hole, take out the caries and fill it with a resin.

“We remove the caries only, and we bond and fill it with a flow of resin,” Watanabe said.

Sussi Yamaguchi, DDS, attended the symposia and found the international view of restorative dentistry interesting.

“I thought it was really interesting to have an international perspective on how restorative dentistry is done in Japan,” Yamaguchi said of Minami’s lecture. “I thought it was really neat to learn that you can do full mouth reconstruction with all of your provisionals, done right, and then you hardly have to do any adjustment at the end.”

Minami was pleased with his experience at CDA Presents and appreciated the attention the International Symposia garnered from attendees.

“I was really impressed that the lecture was practically full, I really appreciated that attention and I know people could have gone to other lectures, but they kindly chose my lecture and I was very touched,” Minami said.

For more information on CDA Presents, visit cdapresents.com.

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