Dr Tanaka has published numerous articles and is widely recognized as a research anatomist and for his teaching of advanced restorative procedures. He is highly sought after as a speaker throughout the world, and is known for his exciting presentations and outstanding clinical skills. His educational videotapes on TM Dysfunction, Anatomy and Implants are used in over 80 medical and dental schools and surgery programs throughout the world.

Dr. Tanaka holds Fellowships in the Academy of Dentistry International, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and is a Master, Academy of General Dentistry, and is a Diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain. He is a member of the Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontists, American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the American Equilibration Society, among others.

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  • Clinical Professor in Graduate Prosthodontics University of Southern California, Ostrow School of Dentistry
  • Private Practice - Prosthodontics and Orofacial Pain
  • Lecturer on Advanced Restorative Procedures, Occlusion & TMD and Implant Surgery.

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Dr. Tanaka recently received the "Pierre Fauchard Gold Medal," for exemplary achievements and outstanding contributions to the progress and standing of the dental profession. The Gold Medal was presented at the PFA awards luncheon during the 2012 Annual Session of the American Dental Association in San Francisco. He was honored for the many years he has dedicated to dental education, research and humanitarian service in the U.S.A. and throughout the world.

In 2011 Dr. Tanaka was honored by the California Dental Association Foundation with the "Humanitarian of the Year Award" and donated the prize of $2,500. to an organization providing oral health care for children in Tibet. In 1983 he founded the non-profit Clinical Research Foundation that now supports research and many charitable programs in the USA, Mexico, Central and South America, Laos and Tibet. 1


“I have presented many courses with Dr. Tanaka, and I know first hand of the excellent information he offers in the area of fixed prosthodontics. Terry provides the participants with insights that take the mystery out of restoring the dentition. He knows about TMD and how it may relate to restorative procedures. His anatomic dissections are the best in the world. Don’t miss the chance to learn practical and clinically relevant information from a master who has successfully done it for years.”
Dr. Jeffrey Okeson - Professor and Chair, Department of Oral Health Science; Director, Orofacial Pain Center
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry

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