Munich Splint Concept: Occlusal Splints using CAD/CAM (Digital Dentistry)

Munich Splint Concept CAD/CAM Technology


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Innovative CAD/CAM Concepts

Using CAD/CAM technologies to explore new innovative paths in (digital) dentistry:

CAD/CAM technologies enable us to present modern and innovative concepts in functional, aesthetic and digital dentistry. This allows us to plan treatments more comprehensively and to demonstrate them visually for better understanding. The CAD/CAM technology offers a better overview in the planning and execution of the therapy. Standardized work processes can prove to be profitable for everyone involved. These advantages are demonstrated by the Munich splint concept (milled polycarbonate CAD/CAM dental splint). This innovative CAD/CAM process creates an important step forward in the preliminary negotiation of complex prosthetic cases.

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Occlusal Splints - Analytic wax-up

The analytical wax-up is used in the context of backward planning to reconstruct function and aesthetics.

The Munich splint concept is always preceded by a functional and aesthetic assessment based on an analytical dental wax-up/mock-up. Thus, the occlusal splint(s) are fabricated on the basis of a classical or virtual wax-up and correspond closely to the later restorations in terms of function and esthetics. This evaluation phase represents an essential step for both the patient and the treatment team.

The Munich splint concept is primarily intended to clinically test a newly defined static and dynamic occlusion.

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Digital Dentistry - Scanning the Casts

CAD construction of the splints:

In the dental laboratory, the master models of the initial situation and the duplicate models of the analytical wax-up are created using super hard plaster and subsequently scanned.

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CAD/CAM - The Munich Splint concept

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The scanned models are positioned in the virtual articulator relative to the skull.

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CAD/CAM based construction of occlusal splints

Positioning of the CAD constructions in the milling blank and calculation of the tool passes by CAM softwareIn the first step of CAD construction, the “preparation limits” are defined for each tooth of the two jaws, which determine the length of the splint in cervical direction.

For better control, the original diagnostic model can be loaded as a “general visualization” model at this point. This will feature a semi- transparent representation of the “thermoforming material model” that clearly highlights the exact contours of the gingival margin.


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CAM - Dental Milling

Milling strategies and the corresponding tools are defined. The process is carried out without the use of water.

The company Zirkonzahn has developed a single-edged milling cutter designed specifically for the machining of flexible high-performance polymers. Its geometric shape and surface structure prevent it from smearing with synthetic materials, thus allowing efficient, safe and precise machining of these materials. After calculating the milling paths and creating the NC files, the splints were manufactured on the 5-axis-CNC-milling-machine Zirkonzahn M5.

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Aesthetic color individualization

Slight individualization of the splints with Optiglaze Color:

By modifying the front tooth area of the upper jaw using stains (Optiglaze Color), among others, a very satisfactory situation for the patient has been created.


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Training for dentists and dental technicians in Munich

Digital dentistry:
The Munich splint concept
Prof. Dr. Daniel Edelhoff
PD Dr. Jan-Frederik Güth
M.Sc. Josef Schweiger

Get to know the advantages of the Munich CAD/CAM splint concept as part of a team. The emphasis here is on the precise coordination of laboratory and clinical steps in a tested strategy to solve complex cases.

Based on patient cases, the course offers a synchronized STEP-BY-STEP procedure for the practice and the laboratory with a special focus on “hands-on“.