Digital manufacturing of occlusal splint: from intraoral scanning to 3D printing

Published: 10 September 2019
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  • P. Venezia DDS - Department of Prosthodontics , University of Catania , Catania Italy Private Practice in Bari, Italy, Italy.
  • L. Lo Muzio MD DDS PhD - Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy, Italy.
  • C. De Furia DMD - Private Practice in Syracuse, New York, USA, Italy.
  • F. Torsello DDS, PhD - Department of Periodontology and Prosthodontics, Eastman Dental Hospital, Roma, Italy, Italy.

Aim Digital technology has greatly improved its accuracy and precision in the last decade and has allowed for a complete digital workflow in several dental applications. The present paper describes the technique used by the authors for the manufacturing of intraoral occlusal splints featuring a digital workflow.

Materials and methods  The procedure includes an intraoral scan of the maxillary and mandibular arches, registration of vertical relationship, and computer-assisted design (CAD) technology of the occlusal splint and fabrication with a multi-jet 3D printer.

Conclusion The presented technique allows for time efficient laboratory manufacturing, which could also be performed chair-side in the dental office. The delivered splint is accurate and precise and could be reproduced anytime if needed.

Venezia, P., Lo Muzio, L., De Furia, C., & Torsello, F. (2019). Digital manufacturing of occlusal splint: from intraoral scanning to 3D printing. Journal of Osseointegration, 11(4), 535–539.


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