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The dental education system in Japan was started in the middle of the Meiji Period, and in 1964 was comprised of nine schools, all of which were unevenly concentrated to the west of the Kanto region. In addition, this education was being entrusted to two national universities in Tokyo and Osaka, six private universities, and one public university. On the other hand, since the start of the Taisho Period, in the Tohoku and Hokkaido regions cries had been made for the establishment of dental education institutions locally. Since then there had been strong demands for these institutions, and finally in April 1965 a dental school was established at Tohoku University with an entering class of 40.

Later in 1967, a hospital attached to a dental department was set up taking responsibilities of dental clinical education, and the dental education system was put in place.
The hospital attached to the dental department was joined with the hospital attached to the medical department in October 2003, founding the Tohoku University Hospital. In February 2007, the dental treatment center in the university hospital (outpatient examination and treatment department) was set up to go along with the move of sickbeds to the new university hospital ward. The completion of new university hospital outpatient ward caused the removal of the integrated dental treatment center, and in January 2010, the university hospital dental examination and treatment department was re-launched.

In 1977, the adjoined dental technician school (20 students per year, study period limited to two years) was set up.
In the graduate school, the Graduate School of Dentistry Doctorate Program in Dentistry was formed in 1974. After that, in 2000 the graduate school's important point became the independence of its Graduate School of Dentistry, and it became a forerunner to other dental schools nationwide. Because of this, professors are assigned to the Graduate School of Dentistry, becoming involved consistently as both undergraduate and graduate professors.

In April 2004, the only masters program in dentistry in Japan was formed with the purpose of cultivating the necessary ability for high-level professions or the research ability of dentistry or dental science. The door was opened for dental hygienists, dental technicians, nurses of medical treatment practitioner, science, and engineering departments, nurses of food and nutrition-related departments, and professionals from health departments to do specialized teaching and research in dentistry and dental science. The International Dental Health Field was formed with the goal of training leaders in domestic and overseas communities with ample global perspective and high specialization.

Today, after about 47 years since the establishment of the Department of Dentistry, Tohoku University's Graduate School of Dentistry and Department of Dentistry keep close cooperation with the Department of Medicine and the Graduate School of Geriatrics next to them, having fulfilling growth leading Japan in dental medicine as the prominent center of dental medicine research through cutting edge teaching and research in the field of dentistry with standards of unity in specialization and academics. Tohoku University will continue in providing "dental innovation" in the future, building new dentistry and dental treatment fit for the 21st century.

History

(1)Graduate School of Dentistry / School of Dentistry

1965, APR. 1 The School of Dentistry was established. (A quota of 40 students per year)
1966, APR. 5 Department of Oral Anatomy I, Oral Physiology, Oral Biochemistry and Oral Pathology were founded.
1967, APR. 22 Department of Oral Anatomy II, Oral Bacteriology, Dental Materials Science, Endodontics and Periodontics, Prosthetic Dentistry I, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery were founded.
1968, JUN. 21 Department of Dental Pharmacology, Preventive Dentistry and Orthodontics were founded.
1969, MAY. 21 Department of Operative dentistry and Prosthetic Dentistry II were founded.
1970, DEC. 19 New building of the School of Dentistry and Dental Hospital was completed. (13,527㎡)
1972, APR. 1 Graduate School of Dentistry was established. (A quota of 30 students per year)
1972, MAY. 1 Department of Dental Radiolog y was founded.
1974, APR. 1 A quota of per year of Graduate School of Dentistry was change to 32 students.
1975, APR. 1 School of Dental Laboratory Technicians was established.
1976, APR. 1 A quota per year of the School of Dentistry was changed to 80 students.
1976, MAY. 10 Department of Pediatric Dentistry was founded.
1977, APR. 1 A quota of per year of Graduate School of Dentistry was change to 34 students.
1977, APR. 18 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery II was founded.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was reorganized to Oral and Maxillofacical Surgery I.
1978, MAR. 25 New building was completed for education and training in the School of Dentistry.(2,615㎡)
1979, DEC. 27 New building was completed for research of basic dental science.
1986, APR. 1 A quota per year of the school of Dentistry was changed to 60 students.
1987, MAY. 21 Administrations of the School of Dentistry and the Dental Hospital merged to form the School of Dentistry Administration divided into General Affairs Section and Operative Affairs Section.
1990, JUN. 8 Dental Radiology was reorganized to Oral Diagnosis and Radiology.
1991, APR. 12 Department of Geriatric Dentistry was founded.
1993, APR. 1 Oro-and Dentofacial Functions was founded.
2000, APR. 1 Graduate School of Dentistry was refounded.
A quota per year of the Graduate School of Dentistry was changed to 45 students.
2003, APR. 1 Departments were reorganized (Oral Biology, Oral Function and Morphology, Restorative Dentistry, Oral Health and Development Sciences, Oral Medicine and Surgery)
Department for Craniofacial Engineering and Regeneration was founded.
A quota per year of the Graduate School of Dentistry was changed to 47 students.
A quota per year of the School of Dentistry was changed to 55 students.
2004, APR. 1 Master's Program was established. (A quota of 6 students per year)
2006, APR. 1 Department of Applied Dental Pharmacology was founded.
2007, APR. 1 Department of Intractable Diseases and Immunology was founded. (Cooperative Department)
Department of Geriatric Oral Science was founded. (Cooperative Department)
2008, APR. 1 Department of Oral Health Care Promot was founded.
2009, APR. 1 Immune Regulation and Oral Immumitywas founded. (Cooperative Department)
2010, MAR. 31 Department of Applied Dental Pharmacology was abolished by period.
2011, APR. 1 A quota per year of the Graduate School of Dentistry was changed to 42 students.
A quota per year of the School of Dentistry was changed to 53 students.
Department of Redox Regulation was founded.
Department of Next-generation Dental Materials Research was founded.

(2) Tohoku University Hospital (Dental Division)

1967, JUN. 1 The Dental Hospital was established. (Ward with 20 beds)
1967, JUN. 16 Endodontics and Periodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Prosthetic Dentistry I were founded.
1967, JUL. 22 The patients, clinic in the hospital were approved.
1967, NOV. 1 The clinic started in the Dental Hospital.
1968, APR. 1 Preventive Dentistry, Orthodontics were founded.
Ward were changed to 40 beds.
1969, APR. 1 Operetive Dentistry, Prosthetic Dentistry II were founded.
1970, DEC. 19 New Building of the school of Dentistry and the Dental Hospital was completed.(13,527㎡)
1972, MAY. 15 Dental Radiology was founded.
1976, MAY. 10 Division of Nursing was founded.
1976, OCT. 1 Pediatric Dentistry was founded.
1977, OCT. 1 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was reorganized to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery I. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery II was founded.
1985, APR. 1 Clinics for Maxillo-Oral Disorders was founded.
1990, JUN. 8 Dental Radiology was reorganized to Oral Diagnosis and Radiology.
Clinics of Dentistry for the Disabled was founded.
1993, APR. 1 Anesthesiology was founded.
1995, APR. 1 Clinics for Geriatric Dentistry was founded.
2002, APR. 1 Clinics were reorganized. (Oral Health Enhancement, Oral Medicine and Surgery, Oral Reconstruction, Rehabilitation of Oral Function)
Comprehensive Dentistry, Infection Control were founded.
2003, APR. 1 Clinics for Maxillo-Oral Reconstroction was founded.
2003, OCT. 1 The Medical and Dental Hospital were Consolidated into the Tohoku University Hospital.
2007, FEB. 19 The Dental Hospital was reorganized to Tohoku University Hospital Dental Center.
2010, APR. 1 Tohoku University Hospital Dental Center were Consolidated into the Tohoku University Hospital.
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