Dentistry - How much does a dentist cost in Japan?

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Ever wonder how much dental care costs in Japan? Is it really expensive? Does the Japanese health plan cover dental treatment? In this article, we are going to talk about the costs of a dentist in Japan.

Is it true that the Japanese don't like dentists?

You have probably heard widespread reports that Japanese people do not have good oral health and do not usually use braces to correct teeth due to the high cost of dentists in Japan.

This is a bit of a mistake, as there is a saying that there are more dental offices than convenience stores in Japan. Of course this is not true, but yes, there are many dentists in Japan, some accessible.

Tratamento odontológico - quanto custa um dentista no japão?

There are also situations in Japanese culture that end up worsening the oral health of the Japanese, such as missed fluorine in water and toothpaste. Anyway, dentists in Japan are not how people speak.

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In fact, most countries, especially in Europe, do not care as much about health and oral appearance as Brazilians do. This is much more related to a cultural view than the price and cost of treatment.

Many Japanese have a heavy routine in factories, due to lack of time, they end up neglecting oral health. This also happens in Brazil, where most people spend many years without doing a simple cleaning.

Are dentists in Japan really expensive?

Another misconception says that the Japanese health plan does not cover dentists and dental treatment. This is a lie, the shakai hoken most of the time it covers 70% of expenses at dentists depending on age and treatment.

Most Japanese dentists accept health insurance, few do not. Health insurance just doesn't cover orthodontics, that is, braces and teeth correction, in addition to other things involving aesthetics such as whitening.

Tratamento odontológico - quanto custa um dentista no japão?

In fact, many countries do not cover dental care at all. This makes dentists in Japan much cheaper than in several first world countries.

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Dental extraction, cleaning, canal and filling in Japan are cheaper than in Brazil. I am not to blame if there are foreigners who do not pay the shakai hoken and then they keep saying that dentists in Japan are expensive.

How does Dentists work in Japan?

Unlike Brazil, Japan uses a points system to generate the total cost of treatment. Anything involved, tools, materials, strength and action used generates a point that is converted into costs.

The first appointment at the Dentist can cost between 2300 to 5000 yen. With health insurance the consultation can cost less than 1000 yen. Even if nothing is done, the Japanese even charge for a recommendation. When visiting the dentist, a consultation fee is almost always paid regardless of treatment.

Tratamento odontológico - quanto custa um dentista no japão?

In addition to the aforementioned appliances and whitening, health insurance does not cover things like fillers and ceramic and gold coverings. Insurance covers plastic dentures, but not any other type of material.

The cost of treatment also depends on the stage and symptom of the problem. As already mentioned, the Japanese charge for everything involved in the treatment process, so the sooner you see a dentist, the less money you will spend.

Teeth cleaning in Japan may or may not be covered by Shakai Hoken. This will depend on whether you are cleaning to eliminate problems or avoid them. The insurance does not cover anything involving aesthetics.

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How to consult with dentist in Japan?

Some dentists and hospitals in Japan accept appointment without appointment. Still, we highly recommend that you make an appointment with the dentist in advance either online or on site.

There are dentists in Brazil or in Portuguese. Usually they should be more expensive, but it may be more advantageous to look for these places, especially if you are not fluent in Japanese.

When visiting the dentist, you must present your Health Card at the reception and fill out the medical interview sheet. After the exam, make the payment to receive your receipt, prescription and certificate.

Tratamento odontológico - quanto custa um dentista no japão?

Keep in mind that in addition to aesthetic treatments, health insurance in very rare cases may not cover certain types of materials and tools used in dental treatment.

Do a lot of research on the price list of several offices in Japan to find out where you want to perform your treatment. Make sure the location accepts shakai hoken and see whether or not prices are discounted by 70%.

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How much does a dentist cost in Japan?

Prices can vary widely, so the figures mentioned below are only estimates from some places. Regardless of whether or not you use health insurance, you can spend about:

  • 0 to 1,500 yen technical recommendations for toothpaste and brushes;
  • 1,500 to 2,500 yen by resin filling;
  • 1,500 to 60,000 yen by fillings and fillings (inlay);
  • 3,000 to 150,000 yen for crowns or false teeth;
  • 5,000 to 900,000 yen for extractions, implants, bridges and dentures;

Below are some treatments covered by shakai hoken already discounted:

  • 700 to 2,000 yen - Dentist consultation fee;
  • 3,000 yen - Dental examination with a subjective symptom;
  • 1,500 to 3,000 yen - Treatment for a deteriorated tooth (beginning);
  • 2,000 to 10,000 yen - Treatment for a deteriorated tooth;
  • 7,000 to 20,000 yen - Treatment of a serious decayed tooth;
  • 1,500 to 3,000 yen - Tooth extraction (straight eruption);
  • 2,500 to 4,000 yen - Tooth extraction (slightly impacted):
  • 3000 yen - The basic treatment for gum disease;

Below is another general price list of dental treatments with and without the shakai hoken:

Dental treatment Discount pricePrice without discount
initial gum inspection 600 to 3,0002,000 to 20,000
scale (tartar cleaning)750 to 9002,500 to 8,000
root tooth straightening180 to 220600 to 5,000
periodontal surgical treatment3,000 to 5,000 10,000 to 150,000
periodontal regeneration therapyNo discount30,000 to 150,000
plastic denture 10,000 to 20,00020,000 to 60,000
gold or alloy dentures No discount150,000 to 600,000
transplant7,000 to 10,00020,000 to 50,000
DIY homemade whitening 12 teethNo discount20,000 to 50,000
tooth whitening in the clinicNo discount2,000 to 10,000
hypersensitivity1501,000 to 2,000
bruxism treatment 5,000 ...50,000 to 1,000,000
temporomandibular treatment 8,000 to 80,00050,000 to 5,000,000
implantNo discount150,000 to 500,000
partial dentures5,000 to 13,000150,000 to 500,000
bridge20,000 to 40,000150,000 to 900,000
crown 3,000 to 5,00020,000 to 150,000

How much does orthodontic treatment cost in Japan?

The biggest reason for so many Japanese people with crooked teeth is the high cost of orthodontic treatment in Japan. Generally, treatment is charged in full instead of monthly fees as in Brazil.

An orthodontic treatment or appliance in Japan can easily reach 500,000 yen (20,000 reais) and still have a consultation fee of at least 1,500 yen per month. Not to mention other additional expenses.

In some clinics they charge only for complete treatment. Even if there is a need to use other equipment and materials, the value does not change from that defined in the treatment.

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If you want to use a device in Japan, be prepared to spend up to 1,000,000 yen or more. While in Brazil we spend about 5,000 reais for a complete orthodontic treatment, in Japan it can exceed 30,000 reais.

Despite being unrealistic, we must take into account that the Japanese salary is 7x higher. Before jumping to conclusions, you may want to consult some dentists in Japan and ask questions about orthodontic treatments.

Dental and treatment vocabulary in Japanese

To end the article, let's leave a list of words related to dentists and teeth. I hope you enjoyed this article. If you liked it, share and leave your comments. Thank you and see you next time!

PortugueseRomajiJapanese
channelha no konkanchiryou歯の根管治療
cariesmushiba虫歯
whiteninghowaitoninguホワイトニング
tooththere is
front toothmaeba前歯
bottom toothokuba奥場
wisdom toothoyashirazu親知らず
wisdom toothoyashirazu親知らず
Toothbrushhaburashi歯ブラシ
extractionbasshi抜歯
extractionhawo nuku歯を抜く
gargleugaiうがい
gumhaguki歯ぐき
gingivitisshikon'en歯根炎
dental fillinghano tsumebutsu歯の詰め物
budgetshikachiryouyosann歯科治療予算
bridgekakōshi加工歯
bridgeburiichiブリーチ
Tartarusshiseki歯石
channel treatmenthano konkanchiryō歯の根管治療