Maiko Sakai, DMD, MS

Maiko Sakai, DMD, MS

Contact Information

Harvard School of Dental Medicine
188 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Fax: 617-432-0901

Maiko Sakai, DMD, MS

Dr. Maiko Sakai received her DMD degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. 

During her training, she also conducted research on dental pulp stem cells at NIDCR, National Institute of Health, in the Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch.  Upon graduation, she was presented with several awards for her achievements, including Dr. Norman B. Nesbett Award for clinical excellence, the Certificate of Recognition from American Academy of Implant Dentistry, “Best of the Best” Hanau Excellence in Prosthodontics Award from Whip Mix, the Quintessence Award, and Special Student Undergraduate Certificate of Merit from Pierre Fauchard Academy. 

Following graduation, she completed specialty training in prosthodontics with advanced graduate certificate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry (UIC).  During her prosthodontic training, she served as a chief resident and was involved with predoctoral education.  She also received her Master’s degree in oral science at UIC, with her thesis on the optical properties of zirconia, all-ceramic and cement dental materials.  She has published articles on translational and clinical research in color science of dental restorative materials.

Dr. Sakai is a full-time faculty member and instructor in the Department of Biomaterial Science and Restorative Dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

She is dedicated to clinical dentistry, research and education.  She strongly values education as a lifelong learning experience and hopes to facilitate an encouraging and warm learning environment at HSDM. 

Fields of Interest

Dr. Sakai’s clinical interest is in restorative and implant dentistry.  She has diverse training and experience with advanced dental restorative materials and implant systems.  She focuses on providing comprehensive care tailored toward an individual’s specific needs and goals and good communication with patients.  


Dr. Sakai’s research interests are translational and clinical research in color science in dentistry, dental educational research, and implant dentistry and related areas.