Hi. I’m Yohji who hasn’t had cavities for more than 10 years. Do you have cavities? Cavities suddenly start to hurt. If that’s the case, don’t hesitate to see a dentist just because you cannot explain your condition in Japanese. In this article, I will explain the phrases often used by dentists in English and Japanese as a set. If you don’t know how to say a phrase in Japanese that isn’t in the article, feel free to ask me in the comments or DM on Twitter. Let me explain!
*Here, it is assumed that you are a resident of 3 months or more in Japan.
Other than not being good at Japanese, you may be worried because you don’t understand the Japanese dental treatment system. First, I would like to tell you about the features of Japanese dentistry.
In Japanese dental treatment, using filling that called silver teeth are not used overseas.
Treatment costs are reasonable than overseas because it is covered by health insurance. (The article below may be helpful for the types of insurance.) When you first see a dentist, it always costs 700 yen or more. This is the basic charge for the first appointment. However, since the treatment is divided into several times, it may not cost more than 5,000 yen at a time. If you’re worried about paying for your treatment, ask your dentist or staff how much you’ll need next time. The treatment level will be as high as overseas. Japanese dentists are good at detailed work and treat them neatly.
Health insurance card
Residence card and passport
- You can find the phone number for an appointment on the dental clinic sign or its website.
- Issue a Health insurance card.
Just in case, bring your passport and residence card. A reception staff may ask if this is your first visit to this dental clinic.
- Receive the medical interview sheet and fill in the required items.
- After completing the medical interview sheet, hand it to the staff at the reception counter.
It is OK to show the original memo to be introduced later to the staff
- Wait in the waiting room until your turn comes.
- Enter the examination room when your name is called.
- Tell your symptoms as far as you can understand Japanese.
It is OK to show the memo introduced later to the dentist.
- Dentists can understand simple English words.
- Wait in the waiting room to pay the treatment fee.
- When your name is called, go to the reception counter.
- Most dental clinic only accept cash.
- Receive a prescription to get medicine at the pharmacy.
- There are also dental clinic where they can prescribe medicine. In that case, you will pay the medicine fee together with the treatment fee.
- Leave the dental clinic and head for the pharmacy.
There is always a pharmacy near the dental clinic.
- If you are going to a pharmacy for the first time in Japan tell the pharmacy staff that there is no medication notebook.
- When your name is called, go to the counter.
- You may get a lot of explanations about medicines,
It’s okay if you can understand only when to take the medicine.
- Pay the medicine fee at the pharmacy, not at the clinic.
Most dental clinics have to write a medical interview sheet before the examination. The medical interview sheet is a document that tells your dentist about the your medical conditions. The following is an example of the items to be filled in the medical interview sheet.
- Phone number
- Where does it hurt?
- When did it hurt?
- Are there any medicines you are taking?
- Do you have any allergies?
- Do you drink or smoke?
- Are you pregnant? etc.
However, it may be difficult to fill these up in Japanese or explain them to your dentist. Hence, I made an original memo so that your medical condition can be communicated to dentists and staff just by showing the screen of your smartphone. If you have difficulty speaking in Japanese, please show this form to the staff.
Please copy the part below from here to the memo app on your smartphone.
●Name : Yoji Yoshimaru
●Sex : Male
●Age & Date of Birth : 36, 1984/7/22
●Address : Tokyo-to, Itabashi-ku…
●Phone number : 090-****-****
Feel free to copy this memo on your smartphone.
- front tooth:前歯（まえば）
- wisdom tooth:親知（おやし）らず
- permanent tooth:永久歯（えいきゅうし）
- vampire tooth:八重歯（やえば）
- buck tooth:出（で）っ歯（ぱ）
- post crown:差（さ）し歯（ば）
- upper tooth:上（うえ）の歯
- lower tooth:下（した）の歯
- upper molars:上（うえ）の奥（おく）の歯（は）
- lower front tooth : 下（した）の前（まえ）の歯（は）
- the second tooth from the back:奥（おく）から2番目（にばんめ）の歯（は）
- silver crown:銀歯（ぎんば）
- tooth brush:歯（は）ブラシ
- tooth paste:歯磨（はみが）き粉（こ）
- a row of teeth:歯並（はなら）び
- rinse / gargle:うがい
- dental check-up:歯科検診（しかけんしん）
It is good not to have cavities, but if you have cavities, you should go to the dental clinic even if you are not confident in explaining your condition in Japanese. If you still have trouble reading this article, you can feel free to contact me. Please leave a comment or DM on Twitter and please follow us on Twitter.
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