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Japan With Kids - Forums: Health Topics: Dentists
By Leese Johnson on Friday, April 8, 2005 - 11:32 pm:

We are in need of a dentist. More in the "my son broke his front tooth and it needs to be fixed" type of need. We are fortunate that it doesn't hurt but it is directly in the front so it needs to be fixed. This is the second fix that has broken (from the US) so it needs to be something more than a quick filling.
We are in Shibuya, near Uehara.

By Linda Gondo on Saturday, April 9, 2005 - 10:33 am:

Dear Leese,
We go to Drs Kaku (husband and wife team) in Yoyogi Uehara. English speaking, trained in the US, outstanding service. My daughter who is four was terrified of the dentist, however Dr Kaku (female pediatric dentist)was fantastic and the whole experience was very positive. Her husband who worksd there also is an orthodontist.
So different from other Japanese dentists I have been to.
Three minutes walk from Yoyogi Uehara station. They also have another location in Hiroo.

By Christopher Bowling on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 5:00 pm:

I am looking for an western trained,
English speaking, dentist that works in or
near my area. I live in Hadano (between
Tokyo and Odawara on the Odakyu line). I
am also willing to travel along the Odakyu
line up to shinjuku if necessary, but am
hoping for something that is not that far
given my time constraints.


By Leese Johnson on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 6:10 pm:

Since my original post of asking about dentists we have been to Dr Kaku (both of them)and found them to be very competent. They have an office at Yoyogi Uehara on the Odakyu line, 2 minutes from the station. They and their staff all speak English so you could call them to see if they could meet your needs.
We went in on Saturday at noon to "check them out" and had an appointment at 6pm the same day. Son's tooth was fixed and there wasn't even a need for novacaine. And the cost was less than we paid in the States for the same thing.
Hope that helps.

By Elena on Wednesday, November 2, 2005 - 2:45 pm:

I am looking for a good teeth cleaning service in Tokyo or Saitama prefectures.
Today I went to the local dentist. He spent 3 minutes cleaning my lower teeth with some machine and now I need to come again for the upper teeth and another visit for the pockets? For Christ sake... Back in US my hygienist used to spend AT LEAST 40 minutes and did all teeth at one visit. My teeth were squeaky clean and I didn't develop new cavities. Is there such service in Japan? I am looking for a dentist who does manual teeth cleaning/scaling and takes national insurance or has reasonable rates. Do you know one? Please, please let me know!

By Richard Mort on Wednesday, November 2, 2005 - 3:00 pm:

I recommend

Quote from web site:

"English Speaking Dentist.
DR. Naoko Freeman is a highly qualified English speaking professional dentist trained in Australia and Japan.

There is no need to feel apprehension any more about visiting a dentist in Japan!
The English speaking foreign community living in Tokyo now has available a complete range of dental and oral care including all of the following in which you may use the Japanese health insurance or non-insurance treatment."

Caring and professional, a good choice I would say,


By Vicki on Wednesday, November 2, 2005 - 3:02 pm:

There is a wonderful female hygienist at the Tokyo Clinic Dental Office. They don't take national insurance---it'll cost around 20,000 yen for a cleaning. They will give referrals, however. Here's the site if you're interested:

By Tony Law on Wednesday, November 2, 2005 - 3:54 pm:

You have to ask for a FULL cleaning in Japan.@You may even have to explain it to them.

There are a couple good dentists in Japan but be very cautious because they will ask you to perform procedures that you do not necessarily need -- nor do they have the up-to-date technology to perform correctly.

If you dont have success with the above clinics please email me. I have another clinic I can recommend

By Kristin Newton on Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 9:03 am:

Dr. Ono is the best dentist I've ever been to anywhere. He is Japanese but is an honorary member of the American Dental Association.
I get my teeth thouroughly cleaned every 2 months. It takes about an hour and costs 5,000 yen. He doesn't accept national health insurance.

Dr. Ono
Ginza Periodontal Clinic
across the street from Matsuzakaya Department Store in Ginza
3572-1181 Ginza office

By Gloria Torrijos on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 1:39 pm:

Hi Kristin,
I have just called Dr. Ono consultation office in Ginza and the prices and time of toothcleaning do not match which what you told.
The usual time for cleaning is over one hour and the price goes from 15.000 yens till 20.000 yens. This was assured to me in his Ginza office.

By Linda Gondo on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 8:47 am:

Has anyone had any experience with dental implants here in Japan? Any recommendations?



By Nancy on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 7:17 pm:


Tsurumi University Dental School has a division of Oral and Maxillofacial implantology.;}.
Professor Seto speaks English, German and Japanese. Good luck!

By Linda Gondo on Sunday, January 29, 2006 - 6:39 pm:

Thanks very much for the link Nancy, I will book a consultation with him, maybe he will help me feel more at ease with the whole procedure.
I am very worried about about having this done, particularly since so much depends upon the skill of the implantologist. My current specialist, who is apparantly very experienced in this field, has only given me a five year guarantee. I had a second opinion in Australia and his guarantee was ten years, so I consider travelling back to get this done, although I would prefer to have it done here.
Considering the huge cost involved (350,000 - 450,000 per tooth!!! for Japan, and Australia is even more expensive), and given that I need to replace three teeth, I need to choose wisely.

I went for a third opinion to Dr Nakamura in Roppongi, and he told me that he has stopped doing implantology because it is still a new science, the failure rate is too high, and if I do decide to go with implantology he could not recommend anyone in Japan and to please go abroad!

I think though, surely being the professor of implantology at a university, Professor Seto must be a very good bet, and surely must keep up with the latest techniques.

Sorry, I didn`t mean to rave on, the idea of needing implants and the cost of the whole thing has been a bit of a shock!!

By Br1ka2ma3 on Monday, December 10, 2007 - 4:38 am:

Hello, Does anyone know about the issue of silver and amalgam fillings and the controversy about whether the mercury in those types of fillings can be dangerous to health? There is quite an extensive documentation that in the US the use of such materials for fillings can contribute to Alzheimers Disease. So when I took our kids to dentist here we enquired and apparently they use a type of amalgam and or silver that is required by the Ministry of Health to have a much lower amount of mercury than in the US, by comparison. Does anyone know of any dentists who will discuss this issue frankly, and also offer alternative approaches to cavity fillings that do not contain any mercury? Thank you.

By Acm2006 on Monday, January 28, 2008 - 11:48 pm:

Hi, Can anyone recommend an English-speaking dentist in Tokyo area? It's been a year since I took my kids to their last appointment. Please let me know if the recommended dentist accepts national health insurance. Thank you.

By Edlyn on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 8:22 am:

For kids Dr. Kaku (husband and wife) with offices in Hiroo and Yoyogi Uehara are pediatric dentists and orthodontists. 03-5452-0118 (Yoyogi Uehara office). I don't know if they take National though. For adults United Dental in Minato 03-5570-4334. I know they don't because I read an interview he gave and they are very pricey. But it is very much a western style practice and you don't need to back over and over for a cleaning like a regular Japanese dentist who takes National. We don't have National Health insurance so for me the convenience of not going 4 times for a cleaning is more important than the cost.

By Natalie on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 8:57 am:

For those looking for a dentist, read the archive messages as they contain some great information of a number of dentists. I highly recommend the Kakus for children but they do not take Japanese health insurance. They accept cash or credit card. I think they are reasonably priced for a check-up and simple fillings but the bill goes up if you have an x-ray and cleaning. My boys love going there !!

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