Dr. Reza Saeidi Pour received his degree in Dentistry from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich in 2010. He subsequently completed an MA in Dental Prosthetics at the University of Greifswald.
He currently works as a Research Assistant at the Polyclinic for Dental Prosthetics at the Ludwig Maximilian University and as a practicing dentist in the private practice of Dr. Peter Seehofer in Munich.
Alongside your work as a practicing dentist, you work as a Research Assistant at the Polyclinic for Dental Prosthetics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. What are you researching currently?
I’m currently working mostly with function diagnosis and function therapy, as well as minimally invasive and innovative treatment concepts in dental prosthetics and implantology. Aside from this, as Research Assistant at the LMU University in Munich, I am also responsible for the education and training of dental students.
One of the focuses of your research is minimally invasive tooth replacement. What has happened in this field in recent years? In your opinion, what have been the most significant innovations?
The trend is toward shorter and more simplified therapies. The rapid development of digital technologies (for instance, CAD/CAM technology) in dental treatment and technology allows today’s dentists to develop and implement treatment strategies using innovative techniques and restoration materials.
Using CAD/CAM technology, it’s possible to design and fabricate restorations with the use of specialized software and milling technology. Moreover, with the introduction of digital tomography, evaluation, planning, and therapies can now be more securely performed.
What is the advantage of minimally invasive tooth replacement?
The term “minimally invasive” translates to the most pleasant and least traumatic form of therapy for patients. When using minimally invasive tooth replacement in dental preservation and prosthetics, the treating dentist attempts to preserve as much healthy tooth tissue as possible. With modern adhesive systems and restoration materials, it is also possible in some cases to reconstruct compromised hard tooth tissue without any preparation or anesthetic. In minimally invasive implantology, the same principles apply. In these cases, our goal is to provide a therapy that preserves as much hard and soft tissue as possible with minimal pain and swelling.
What are the challenges for dentists in this set of circumstances?
The rapid development of digital technologies in dentistry, as well as dealing with new materials and treatment concepts, presents challenges for practitioners. It takes specialized knowledge to implement these innovations sensibly and to avoid possible complications. A dentist should precisely understand both the potential and the limitations of these kinds of technologies.
How does the REPLICATE System fit in with current trends in research and development?
The combination of digital technologies like computer-aided design and construction (CAD/CAM) and digital volume tomography (DVT) allows us to replicate the root of the tooth before its extraction. Because of this, we can produce implants that are individualized for patients. These technologies do more than just reduce the length of time for treatment. They also require only a small amount of effort and cost, along with less physical and psychological stress for patients.
Since the REPLICATE System utilizes a one-piece implant, there’s no risk of micro-gaps at the implant abutment. Without these, there is a reduced risk of bacterial inflammation of the soft tissue, bone loss, and peri-implantitis. These analog root implants, which can be immediately implanted, are a viable alternative to the current cylindrical and cone-shaped screw implants.
You’ll be speaking at the first ACTA Congress about the root analog REPLICATE System. What will your talk be about?
Along with my colleague Dr. Burkart Zuch from Hamburg, I’ll be giving a talk on the REPLICATE System, with a focus on the aesthetic and the visible. We’ll be sharing our experiences and our learning curve in terms of the evaluation, planning, and implementaton of surgery and prosthetics with our colleagues.
Dr. Reza Saeidi Pour is a dental practicioner as well as Research Assistant at the LMU University in Munich. His research focuses on dental implantology and dental prosthetics.