Message from the President of the Japanese Society of Oral Implantology

Message from the Society President

WATANABE Fumihiko President
Japanese Society of Oral Implantology

 The Japanese Society of Oral Implantology was established in 1986. With the aim of increasing its engagement with society, it became the first dental society to obtain Public Interest Incorporated Association status in 2010. Its membership has reached 12,600 and continues to grow each year. This can be attributed to the high functionality, aesthetic restorative power and strong prognosis of dental work that uses oral implants.
 The aim of the Society is to drive research in oral implant treatment, contribute to scholarly development and help provide the public with safer and more reliable oral implant treatment. Therefore, it is essential for members to acquire high medical ethics, medical knowledge, diagnostic ability and medical and technological skills that the public can trust. With this aim, in addition to its annual general meeting/academic convention, the Society routinely hosts various events that include academic conventions and lectures at each of its 5 branches, workshops at designated University and clinical training facilities, lectures to improve clinical techniques of specialists and lectures related to medical safety and medical laws.
 Medical specialists aim to become certified doctors that can perform safe and reliable standardized oral implant treatment. Strict screening criteria are in place for initial certification and renewal every 5 years. Since becoming a Public Interest Incorporated Association, the Society has assumed the responsibility of providing the public with even higher quality medical treatment, and is making a concerted effort to fulfill this responsibility.
 Recently, the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan submitted a request concerning post-implant treatment problems to the Society and other oral implantology societies, and these problems were reported by the press. As a Society that continuously strives to provide safe and reliable oral implant treatment, we must take these claims very seriously and work to restore the public’s trust. It is therefore imperative that we cooperate with other societies to survey and analyze what types of dentists are causing what types of problems and identify and implement appropriate responses and solutions for preventing those problems.
 The Society has already undertaken numerous initiatives that include drafting oral implant treatment guidelines and an implant checklist and promoting the use of implant cards. Thorough training in implantology is needed for both pre- and post-graduate education. Oral implantology is already a required subject for pre-graduate education, but this subject should be given the same number of training hours as other fields. Moreover, as the Society has become a Public Interest Incorporated Association, it must increase the level of education and clinical techniques for oral implant treatment in post-graduate education and provide essential information required in oral implant treatment for not only society members, but also all other dental professionals.
 Another critical task for the Society is to teach the general public about oral implant treatment and provide straightforward information about proper oral implant treatment to communities and the public. New treatment techniques and materials for oral implant treatment are being developed at a fast pace. In order to assess them and make them available for clinical application, the Society will submit assessment information to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and campaign for authorization if necessary. It is our important role as a Society to actively assess new developments that are useful for patients and report our findings. Along with other societies in Japan, we also actively hold academic exchanges with oral implantology societies in other countries in the West and throughout Asia. We will carry out a program for reconfirming the ethics and medical safety of Society members performing oral implant treatment.
 The first step to regaining the public’s confidence in oral implant treatment is to have each and every member acknowledge the objective of the Japanese Society of Oral Implantology so that they live up to its name and strive everyday to perform appropriate oral implant treatment. These efforts will surely inspire other specialists carrying out oral implant treatment outside of the Society.
 I hope to join together with all members of the Society to reconfirm and share our passionate devotion to oral implant treatment.