Unlike the United States, Japan has long adhered to a strict protocol for those aspiring to a career in dental technology. Potential technicians must first graduate high school, pass an entrance exam, complete 2 years of formal schooling in dental technology and then pass a grueling exam in order to be licensed by the Japanese government as a Dental Technician.
Masahiro Kuwata must have seemed special to his teachers, for after completing his graduate education at Aishi College in 1962, he was sent to the USA on scholarship, charged with the mission to acquire skills and knowledge that the Japanese dental society could benefit from. He worked with Sigmund Katz at Ceramicast in New Jersey, researching and developing ways to improve the bond, strength and appearance of porcelain fused to metal restorations. In the years that followed, he mentored with some of the great ames of dentistry: Ronald Goldstein. Clyde Shuyler, George Staussberg, R. Sheldon Stein, Peter K. Thomas and Peter Dawson.
When his scholarship ended, Mr. Kuwata returned to Japan and in 1972 founded the acclaimed Kuwata College, a school of Post Graduate Dental Technology, where licensed dental technicians could further hone their skills and knowledge.
In 1976 he returned to the USA and opened our laboratory in Livingston, NJ.
Between 1977 and 1988 he authored three important books:
Theory and Practice for Ceramo Metal Restoration and
Color Atlas of Ceramo-Metal Technology, volumes 1 & 2
Published in several languages, these textbooks are still referenced by many dental schools today.
Today, Masahiro Kuwata serves as Dean of Aishi
College of Dental Technology, continues to publish both articles and books,
lecture internationally as a “prosthodontic living legend” and has received
numerous awards for his contributions to modern dentistry. Some of these
Master Dental Technologist, Japan Academy of Esthetic Dentistry
Visiting Professor at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Visiting Professor at Tianjin Medical University
Kenneth D. Rudd Award, American Prosthodontic Society
Outstanding Contribution to the Art & Science of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Fellow, American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry
Fellow, American Society for Dental Esthetics
Honorary Member, International College of Dentists
Honorary Member, European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry
In April of 2009, the Academy of Prosthodontics named Masahiro Kuwata as an Honorary Fellow. In their entire 91 year history, the Academy has bestowed this honor on only one other non-dentist: Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark, the father of Osseointegration,