Message from the President of the Japanese Society of Oral Implantology

Message from the Society President

MIYAZAKI Takashi President
Japanese Society of Oral Implantology

Happy New Year. I hope that all members of our society have made a healthy transition into 2020.

Last year, the Japanese calendar changed from Heisei to Reiwa, accompanied by high hopes for a new period of peace. This year, we all look forward to the torch finally arriving to Tokyo for the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For our society, this year – the 2nd year of Reiwa (2020) – marks a critical juncture. It will soon be 50 years since the establishment of the two societies that led to our own: the Japan Society of Implant Dentistry and the Japan Academy of Implant Dentistry. Now the Japanese Society of Oral Implantology is the largest dental society in Japan holding 16,000 active members.

To mark this 50-year milestone, we will hold our 50th Anniversary Academic Conference in Yokohama. The theme of the conference will be “Implant-Based Treatments – The last 50 years and the next 50 years.” Concurrently with the academic conference, we also plan to hold a ceremony marking the society’s 50th anniversary. I hope that many of you can join us in Yokohama to celebrate the past 50 years and discuss our plans for the future together.

We are currently continuing our efforts to update treatment guidelines. While we naturally intend to share our work with our members, we also hope to share it outside the society as our own bible of implant practice in Japan.

Regarding the dental specialist system, the Japanese Dental Specialty Board has been established and has developed basic guidelines. Our own society has already developed the training curriculum to maintain the quality of specialists. Moreover, we have been collaborating with the Japanese Academy of Maxillofacial Implants to develop a new dental specialist in the field of implant dentistry. We believe that this will lead to the creation of a qualification specialist by the government, a long-held request of our membership.

Based on the press release by the National Consumer Affairs Center, it has been recommended to have appropriate methods for disseminating information to the public. Our society has already been operating a public homepage, and we also plan to publish a new book intended for the general public as a part of our activities to mark the 50th anniversary.

I hope that all members will lend us their support and come together to ensure that our society can further develop in the years ahead.