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In-House 3D Printing of Occlusal Splint for Patient with Parafunctional habits and Premature Tooth Wear

In this clinical case study, Dr. Christopher J Baer, DMD, from Baer Dental, gives a step-by-step guide of how to produce an occlusal splint with a full in-house workflow with 3D printing.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Case Presentation and Case Diagnosis
  3. Treatment Plan
  4. Execution of Treatment Plan
  5. Follow-Ups/ Check ups
  6. Conclusion


Under a traditional workflow, occlusal splint fabrication is generally delegated to the dental laboratory. When creating splints, the common fabrication methods are lab printing or milling. Milled splints come from a solid puck or block of material that uses a subtractive process to create the splint design while 3D printing uses an additive or drop by drop process to build the splint. Milled splints can provide a durable, optically clear appliance, but they cost more for the material and require the use of an expensive mill and milling tools.

Case Presentation and Diagnosis

A 17 year old male patient, along with his parents, presented to the dental clinic after his pediatric dentist noted that his teeth were shorter than normal. Review of medical history showed no current medications and only seasonal allergies. Dental history included orthodontic treatment that was completed at age 15 and annual dental cleanings. His last dental examination was approximately 12 months prior

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