Welcome to Department of Endodontology and Operative Dentistry
Our department was established in 1971 in Faculty of Dental Science, Kyushu University. Since then, It has contributed to foster many dentists with special skills and knowledge for endodontic and restorative treatments. We also have addressed the development of conservative dentistry through education and dental research.
In addition to endodontic and restorative treatment, tooth bleaching is our specialized field. Our objective in clinical practice is to accomplish ‘Minimal Intervention’; we are trying to remove ONLY caries, preserve dental pulp tissue, and decrease the risk of tooth extraction. To achieve this purpose, advanced devices including dental microscopes and cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) are used. These devices enable us to make a precise diagnosis and result in secure and reliable treatment.
Our objective in the research field is to realize ‘Regeneration of Dental Tissues’; we are trying to regenerate human periodontal tissue that is severely destructed by deep carries, trauma, and periodontitis. Various types of stem cells, including mesenchymal stem cells, neural crest stem cells, periodontal ligament stem cells, and induced pluripotent stem cells are used for our study. We also aim to regenerate the pulp-dentin complex that is damaged by deep caries and trauma. Our previous study demonstrated that several signaling molecules promoted the generation of protective reparative dentin in vivo.
‘Progress of DRT’ (D: Diagnostic capability, R; Research mind, T; Technical skill acquirement) is the main theme of our department. According to this theme, we keep improving our clinical skills, increasing our knowledge, and advancing human resources development. We would like to continue to contribute to the development of dentistry through clinical treatment and dental research. Additionally, we are willing to accept post-graduate students and research fellows who have a great deal of interest in up-to-date research of regenerative medicine in the dental field.
Hidefumi Maeda, DDS., Ph.D.
Chairman and Professor