Ben Derksen graduated from Utrecht Dental School (the Netherlands) in 1978.
Military service 1978-1980, including advanced training in minor oral surgery and traumatologie at Oral Surgery Department of the Academic Hospital of Groningen University (NL, head: prof. G. Boering); rotation as a dentist (7 months) in United Nations Interim Forces in Libanon (UNIFIL)
1980 he purchased a private practice in the city of Arnhem (NL)
1989 (until 2001) after years of extensive post-graduate training in all aspects of oral rehabilitation he started to work in Zwolle Hospital at the department of Special Dental Care, focusing on restorative and prosthetic dentistry in complex cases including implantology and orofacial pain and dysfunction.
In 2002 he started a referral practice in Arnhem for oral implantology and complex restorative treatment, which he merged in 2007 with his private practice.
In 2009 the combined and expanded practice was transferred to a early nineteenth century farmhouse – a municipial monument called „Rijnzigt“- at the western border of the city of Arnhem close to the river Rhine.
He is registered as an orofacial pain and TMD-specialist („gnatholoog“) by the Dutch Society for Gnathology and Prosthetic Dentistry (NVGPT), as an implantologist by the Dutch Society for Oral Implantology (NVOI), and as a restorative dentist/prosthodontist by the Dutch/Flamisch Society for Restorative Dentistry (NVVRT) and the European Prosthodontic Association (EPA).
He is past-president and honorary member of the Dutch Society for Gnathology and Prosthetic Dentistry (NVGPT), chairman of the educational committee of the Dutch/Flamisch Society for Restorative Dentistry (NVVRT) and full-member of the European Academy of Craniomandibular Disorders (EACD).
He has been publishing and lecturing on restorative, prosthetic, gnathological and implantological topics both in the Netherlands and abroad since 1991.