Dr. Dirk U. Duddeck received his degree in Dental Medicine in 1992 from Heidelberg University where he subsequently worked as an Assistant Dentist at the Heidelberg University Clinic for Mouth, Jaw and Facial Surgery. In 1999, he founded a leading continuing education and consulting firm in the dental field. From 2007 to 2015, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Polyclinic for Oral Surgery and Implantology and the Polyclinic for Mouth, Jaw, and Facial Plastic Surgery in Cologne. He conducted numerous studies there on the surface analysis of implants and peri-implatitis therapy.
He has been Director of the European Academy of Dental Implantology and Program Director of the independent research institute mmri.berlin since 2014. In addition, he leads the Clean Implant Foundation, a worldwide initiative whose focus is investigating the quality of dental implants.
You’re an expert in oral surgery and dental implantology. Why did you choose this specialization? Was fascinated you about this field?
Dental implantology has a 95 to 98 percent success rate in healing patients, which is a very high rate of success compared to other medical disciplines. Patients requiring dental implants often experience great psychological strain, since missing teeth present problems that are not only aesthetic, but also nutritional. Thanks to relatively well-developed systems and methods, patients can be helped quickly and successfully with a manageable amount of effort and expense.
Implantology has become the standard therapy globally. Given the large scale of offerings in this field, however, sometimes the quality of products gets lost along the way. My research addresses this problem.
What do patients have the right to expect? What are the biggest challenges dental implantology presents to dentists?
Patients want an aesthetically pleasing, fast result and prefer minimally invasive treatments. They would like to avoid painful surgical intervention. The greatest challenge for dentists is living up to the growing demands and expectations of patients, especially when the circumstances are not ideal—for example, when the state of the bone has been compromised.
You are the leader of the global initiative the Clean Implant Foundation, which focuses on examining the quality of dental implants. In your opinion, what are the most important new developments and innovations that have been developed in recent years?
3-D x-ray diagnostic technology is an important innovation that has meanwhile become the standard of preoperative implant strategy. In the past, this approach was normally not used or only used in exceptional cases. This new technology makes it possible to produce individual implants designed to meet the specific needs of patients.
How does this technology facilitate oral implantology and dentistry in general?
This mold-based implantology offers significant advantages. It gives patients and dental professionals a totally new level of security, allowing for proper positioning of implants, even in critical situations. In this way, working precisely becomes considerably easier.
In your opinion, what is the future of the development of oral implantology? Where is it headed?
Undoubtedly, there will be interesting developments in the field of fully zirconium-based implants. Another trend is the idea that the implants of the future will no longer be produced from turned titanium posts, but rather printed. The first printed titanium implants can already be found on the market.
How does the REPLICATE System fit in with current trends in research and development?
The REPLICATE System brings together modern technologies—three-dimensional diagnostics, precisely fitting implants tailored to the individual patients, and analog roots made of titanium and zirconium ceramic.
What can participants at the ACTA Congress expect from the root analog REPLICATE System in Amsterdam?
They will get to know a cutting-edge technology in the field of dental implantology. And it won’t just be about clinical cases—the REPLICATE System will be compared to a variety of other implants in terms of the quality of fabrication.
Dr. Duddeck is an expert in the field of implantology. He has conducted one of the largest studies on the surface analysis of implants, which included the examination of more than 140 implant types.