Dr. Mark Yamamoto is one of the few dentists who has the advanced MAGD degree. MAGD stands for “Mastership of the Academy of General Dentistry”.
In order for a dentist to reach this level they must first complete the FAGD degree which stands for Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.
A dentist who has completed the MAGD level has over 3,000 hours of continuing education in Dentistry. It requires not only regular attendance but active participation in these continuing dental education classes.
Dr. Mark Yamamoto received his MAGD in 1996. At that time, he was the only dentist in Orange County to receive the degree that year.
In 1996 he was also inducted into the Pierre Fouchard Academy. This is an “invitation only” honor organization of dentists that are considered to be the top 2% of practicing dentists.
Besides being very accomplished, the dentists are also required to be known for charitable service to the public.
Dr. Mark Yamamoto, D.D.S., FAGD, MAGD has a reputation for excellence in general dentistry in
addition to his expertise with occlusion (correct bite matching).
He is proud to be an assistant clinical Professor at the USC School of Dentistry (2005 to present).
- Mark Zen Yamamoto, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
- Born 1944 in Heart Mountain Wyoming
- Graduate Mary knoll School, Los Angeles—1958
- Eagle Scout 1958
- Loyola High School, Los Angeles—Class of 1962
- Loyola University, Los Angeles—1962 to 1965 (Zoology Major)
- Loyola University Chicago School of Dentistry—Class of 1969
- U.S. Army Dental Corps—1969 to 1972
- Anesthesiology at U.S. Army Hosp., Ryukyu Islands
- Denture Prosthetics with LTC Larry Shimoda
- Periodontics with Major James Brasher
- Orthodontics with Major Roland D’Amico
- Three months in the Endodontic clinic doing all teeth and anterior apicoectomies.
- Private Practice—1972 to present
- Stuart Gnathological Study Group, USC: Dr. Gustav Swab, Director—1972 to 1991
- Stuart Gnathological Study Group, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center—1992 to 2002 (Became secretary-treasurer in ’92) Became a staff member of the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center for 3 years.
- 2002: Stuart Gnathological Study Group moved to Los Angeles where it currently meets at the Marina Marriott. Dr. Yamamoto became the Assistant Director in 2005.
- 2008: Became Director of the Stuart Gnathological Study Group of Los Angeles February, 2008 to present
- 2008: Guest Lecturer at UNLV School of Dental Medicine on February 8, 2008. Topic: TMD Diagnosis and Treatment
- 2009: Guest Lecturer at UNLV School of Dental Medicine in January, ’09. Topic: Occlusion and TMD treatment
- Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship in 1983
- International Academy of Gnathology—1982 to 1998
- Rejoined the Academy in October, 2007
- Academy of Dentistry International—1988 to 2001
- 1988: Academy of General Dentistry Scholarship in Chicago, IL for a three day “Clinician Workshop” (How to give a course)
- Academy of General Dentistry (Southern Sector) Board of Directors—1995 to 1997
- Academy of General Dentistry Course Examiner for PACE Approval—1988 to present
- Scoutmaster: Boy Scout Troop 578—1991 to 1993.
- Member Westminster Chamber of Commerce for 10 years, including 2 years on Board of Directors
- Member Optimist International for 12 years including 2years as president of the La Palma chapter
- Advisor to Regional Occupational Program (ROP) of the Santa Ana School District Dental Assisting Curriculum—1988 to 2001
- Guest Lecturer for the October 1988 meeting of the “USC Seminar” study club—Topic:TMJ Therapy Without Splints
- Author: “After The Splint” in the October, 1988 issue of “Impressions,” the award winning monthly bulletin of the Orange County Dental Society. This article has been reproduced and used in presentations and distributed for over 20 years, and has never been proven to be incorrect.
- Guest Lecturer for the December 1988 meeting of the So. Calif. Pediatric Dentistry Study Club.
Topic: TMJ Therapy without splints and the evils of 4 bicuspid extraction for Orthodontics
- Guest Lecturer for the January 1989 meeting of the “USC
Seminar” study club
Topic: Mechanics of Occlusal Correction
- Guest Lecturer for the July 1989 meeting of the TMJ Research Conference at White Memorial Hospital, Department of Otolaryngology
Topic: Gnathological Approach to TMJ Therapy
- Lecturer for a 4 hour seminar sponsored be the Orange County Dental Society given in April, 1990 at Mammoth Lakes, CA
Topic: “Making Occlusion Pay Off”
- Attended two TMJ courses by Terry Tanaka, DDS—1990
- Lecturer for a 4 hour seminar sponsored by the Southern California Japanese-American Dental Society in February 9, 1991 at Mammoth Lakes, CA
Topic: “TMJ Basics”
- Guest Lecturer for the Bear Tooth Study Group in Billings, Montana on Nov. 7, 1992
Topic: TMJ Therapy Without Splints
- Speaker at the Mexican-American Gnathologic Seminar in San Felipe, Baja, Mexico in October, 1992
Topic: Gnathological Approach to TMJ Therapy
- Speaker at the yearly “Ski and Learn” seminar for the Academy of General Dentistry: Sun Valley, Idaho in February, 1994.
Topic: TMJ Therapy with multiple case presentations. Facial changes following successful TMD therapy were shown in multiple cases.
- Speaker at the American-Mexican Gnathologic Seminar in La Jolla, Calif. In Sept. ‘94
Topic: Facial Changes Following Successful TMD Therapy.
- Inducted into the Pierrre Fouchard Academy: April, 1996
This is a dental honor organization consisting of the top 2% of practicing dentists.
- June, 1996: Awarded the “Mastership of the Academy of General Dentistry”
- April, 1998: Speaker (TMJ) in a half day Occlusion lecture by the Stuart Gnathological Study Group for the CDA, southern sector, titled: “How to Treat Difficult Cases, A Biological Approach.
- Dr. Yamamoto spoke on “TMJ Therapy Without Splints.”
- April, 2000: Speaker (TMJ) in an all day lecture given by the Stuart Gnathological Study Group for the CDA, southern sector, entitled, “The Best of the Past for the Future.”
- May 16th & 17th, 2002: Solo instructor for a two-day “hands on” course, “Occlusion and TMD” for the Master Track program. In September of that year a third day was devoted to evaluating the projects of the participants.
- January to September, 2003: Attended a 16 day Stuart Instrument course. A full mouth case was done from start to finish and all waxing was done by Dr. Yamamoto.
- November 7th & 8th, 2003: Produced a two day 16 hour seminar on Gnathology and TMD with multiple presenters. Dr. Yamamoto gave two lectures on TMD. Title of the seminar was “A Tribute to Gus Swab.” This is the first lecture series done in “Powerpoint.”
- April 15, 2004: Produced a Seminar for the CDA, southern sector by the Stuart Gnathological Study Group, entitled “Comfort Begins With Good Occlusion. Dr. Yamamoto discussed the occlusal component of TMD and showed facial changes following successful TMD treatment.
- October 17, 2004: all day lecture sponsored by DUX Dental Co. by Victor Kato, DDS and Mark Yamamoto, DDS, MAGD
“Needed Occlusal Principles” (see enclosed brochure)
- January & February of 2005: Instructed in a 4 day “hands on” course in mounting modes and occlusal correction. This course was sponsored by DUX Dental Co. in Oxnard, CA.
- August, 2005: Began teaching part time at the USC School of Dentistry as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Operative Department. Dr. Yamamoto is still teaching at present.
- August, 2005: attended a 3 day 24hr course on “TMD Treatment and Diagnosis” at the University of Florida at Gainesville. Henry Gremillion, DDS, MAGD was the course instructor.
- September, 2005: gave a half day lecture to a Prosthodontic Association in Louisville, KY, sponsored by the Whip Mix Corp. “TMD Etiology and Therapy”
Multiple cases were shown.
- July, 2006: Produced, Spoke and Instructed in the clinic for an all day “Inservice” lecture and lab course for the instructors at the USC School of Dentistry. John Seibert, DDS was the other speaker. The members of the Stuart Gnathological Study Group were lab instructors.
Author: “Practical Occlusal Concepts” in the May/June “Impressions” the publication of the Orange County Dental Society.
- American Dental Association: 1978
- California Dental Association, Southern Sector: 1978, 1985 to 1996 inclusive
- California Dental Association, Northern Sector:1985
- Academy of General Dentistry National in San Diego: 1984
- Chicago Dental Society, Midwinter Meeting: 1980 to 2008 almost every year.
- Arizona State Dental Meeting: 1981, 1982
- 1980 – The topics for the Table Clinics were always some form of occlusion, including full mouth reconstruction, TMD therapy, mounting models, or occlusal correction. TMD has been the most popular topic.