OCCLUSAL SPLINTS: DESIGN, FABRICATION, and CLINICAL INDICATION

Prof. Gregor Slavicek

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Introduction

Designing and clinically assessing occlusal splints with Prof. Gregor Slavicek’s protocols – everything you need to start implementing occlusal splint therapy!

Occlusal splint therapy is fundamental in modern dentistry, addressing TMJ dysfunction, myofascial disorders, and providing comprehensive functional rehabilitation for patients.

During the course, you will learn how to:

  • Perform muscle and occlusion assessments.
  • Establish a functional diagnosis with MRI and condylography.
  • Identify indications for specific types of splints.
  • Treat TMD, including anterior disc displacement with and without reduction.

Key learning skills

  • Slavicek’s occlusal concept
  • Splint therapy
  • Occlusal splint
  • MRI analysis
  • Condylogrpahy analysis
  • Digital occlusion
  • Functional occlusal splint
  • TMJ disorders
  • Anterior disc displacement with reduction (ADDwR)
  • Anterior disc displacement without reduction (ADDwoR)
  • Articulator mounting

Lesson 1 | Occlusal Splint Construction Elements and Decision Making

Program of the lesson

  • Construction elements of occlusal splints:

          -Height and vertical dimension.
          -Therapeutic position, mounting in an articulator, and retrusive control.
          -Design of the occlusal surface.
          -Splint guide elements.

  • Electromyography activity and occlusal concept.
  • The design-driven approach in splint therapy.
  • Analysis of oral device effectiveness.

Lesson duration | 35-minute

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Lesson 2 | Technique of Occlusal Splint Fabrication. Digital and Analog Mounting on the Articulator

Program of the lesson

  • Analysis of material requirements to fabricate occlusal splint in traditional, analog, and digital workflows.
  • Protocols of traditional fabrication of occlusal splint.
  • Protocols of analog fabrication of occlusal splint:

          -Cuvette technique.
          -Wax modeling and injection procedures.

  • Step-by-step video demonstration of analog fabrication of occlusal splint.
  • Protocols of analog manufacturing of protrusive elements on lower splint.
  • Analog vs digital manufacturing protocols of occlusal splint.
  • Digital fabrication protocols of occlusal splint:

          -Digital mounting on articulator.
          -Occlusal stops and anterior guidance.

  • Articulator programming.

Lesson duration | 13-minute

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Lesson 3 | Equilibration and Adaptation of Occlusal Splints

Program of the lesson

  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses on the effectiveness of splint therapy.
  • Success factors of splint therapy.
  • Patient’s adaptation scheme to splint therapy.
  • Analysis of occlusal splint position and adaptation on the articulator.
  • Analysis of upper and lower occlusal splint wear time.
  • Equilibration, adaptation, and follow-ups.

Lesson duration | 21-minute

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Lesson 4 | Vertical Splints: Verticalization of Occlusal Splint Therapy

Program of the lesson

  • Verticalization effect on posture and balance.
  • Occlusal splint verticalization on the articulator and alteration of the VDO.
  • Analysis of verticalization of occlusal splint.
  • Clinical application of vertical splint.

Lesson duration | 10-minute

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Lesson 5 | Myofascial Pain Disorders: Application of Myorelaxing Splint

Program of the lesson

  • Subjective and objective assessment of occlusal and myofascial pain disorders.
  • Clinical application of myorelaxing splint.
  • Analysis of clinical cases treated with myorelaxing splint.

Lesson duration | 11-minute

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Lesson 6 | Fundamentals of Reciprocal Clicking. Interpretation of MRI and Condylography

Program of the lesson

  • Disc displacement with reduction.
  • Application of the re-positioning splint (re-capture splint).
  • Condylography assessment of internal derangement: anterior disc displacement with reduction (ADDwR).
  • Internal derangement: anterior disc displacement with reduction (ADDwR) and without reduction (ADDwoR).
  • Subjective temporomandibular complaints.
  • Anatomical and radiological assessment of the correct and physiological disc position.
  • Radiological determination of the disc position: disc angle.
  • Radiological determination of the condyle position:

          -Length of the disc.
          -Sagittal to the articular fossa.

Lesson duration | 15-minute

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Lesson 7 | Occlusal Splint Application for Management of Anterior Disc Displacement With Reduction

Program of the lesson

  • Condylography assessment of anterior disc displacement with reduction (ADDwR).
  • Recording protocols of the functional movements of the TMJ.
  • Analysis of clinical cases: pathophysiology of TMJ with anterior disc displacement with reduction (ADDwR).
  • Dynamics of anterior disc displacement. Correction of the articular disc therapeutic position.
  • Treatment protocols of anterior disc displacement with reduction (ADDwR).

Lesson duration | 16-minute

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Lesson 8 | Chronic Blocked TMJ: Disc Displacement, Muscular, and Joint Pathology

Program of the lesson

  • The risk of degenerative joint alteration.
  • Classification of the severity of disc displacement.
  • Differential diagnosis: chronic joint blockade vs muscular splinting.
  • Differential diagnosis: anterior disc displacement without reduction (ADDwoR) vs muscular splinting.
  • Clinical indications and application of myorelaxant splint.
  • Analysis of clinical cases.

Lesson duration | 16-minute

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Lesson 9 | Occlusal Splint Application for Treatment of Anterior Disc Displacement Without Reduction

Program of the lesson

  • MRI analysis of closed mouth and open mouth disc position.
  • Anterior disc displacement without reduction (ADDwoR).
  • Management of anterior disc displacement without reduction.
  • Condylography signs of permanently displaced disc.
  • Planning treatment for anterior disc displacement without reduction.
  • Interdisciplinary protocols for the treatment of anterior disc displacement without reduction (ADDwoR).

Lesson duration | 12-minute

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Lesson 10 | Distraction and Compression of the Synovial Joint. Determination of the Therapeutic Position

Program of the lesson

  • Compression of the TMJ.
  • Distraction of the TMJ.
  • The synovial fluid of the TMJ joint: composition and function.
  • Disc thinning and disc perforations.
  • Mechanical loading of the TMJ.
  • TMJ loading during movement.
  • Gerber’s resilience test and TMJ compression test.
  • Instrumental position analysis.
  • Compression vs. distraction of the TMJ.

Lesson duration | 23-minute

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Lesson 11 | Fabrication and Clinical Application of Special Intraoral Splints

Program of the lesson

  • Advantages and clinical application of:

          -Placebo splints.
          -Sandwich splints.
          -Flat splints with anterior guidance and anterior control.

  • Clinical application of flat splint with anterior guidance and anterior control for the management of anterior midline.
  • Working with fixed supra-occlusal surfaces.
  • Arbitrary versus exact mounting procedures during fabrication of intraoral splints.
  • Mandibular stabilization and achieving the desired therapeutic effect.

Lesson duration | 14-minute

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Lesson 12 | Treatment Strategies of Splint Therapy to Achieve the Therapeutic Position

Program of the lesson

  • Splint position and mounting on the articulator:

          -Vertical reduction.
          -Re-integration of the splint.

  • Planning orthodontic and final prosthetic rehabilitation: Interdisciplinary splint therapy.

  • Analysis of the denture frame on cephalometric radiography.
  • Dental arch planning: active, passive, and aesthetic functional.
  • Analysis of clinical cases.

Lesson duration | 9-minute

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Read | Recommended literature

1. A novel standard food model to analyze the individual parameters of human mastication. Gregor Slavicek, M. Soykher, H. Gruber, P. Siegl, et al. 2010 

2. A standardized procedure to record human speech trajectories. H. Gruber, Gregor Slavicek, P. Siegl. 2010 

Quiz | Test your knowledge!

After completing each lesson in this online course, you will be presented with five Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), and you are required to choose the most appropriate or correct answer from a list of multiple options. These questions are designed to assess your understanding and knowledge gained from the course. To successfully obtain a certificate, you must pass all of these quizzes. Once you have accomplished this, a certificate will be issued to you as a recognition of your successful completion of the course.

Certificate | Get a professional certificate!

Upon successful completion of the course, you will get a certificate of continuing professional development in Digitodontics with 4 CPD credits from Digitodontics International Academy.

Course Synopsis

Discover the art of designing and clinically assessing occlusal splints using Prof. Gregor Slavicek’s renowned protocols. This comprehensive course equips you with the skills and knowledge necessary to initiate occlusal splint therapy effectively.

Occlusal splint therapy stands as a cornerstone in modern dentistry, offering solutions for TMJ dysfunction, myofacial disorders, and facilitating comprehensive functional rehabilitation for patients. With this course, delve into the intricacies of occlusal splint therapy and unlock its potential to enhance patient care and satisfaction.

Throughout the program, you will gain invaluable insights and practical techniques to excel in occlusal splint therapy. Learn to perform meticulous muscle and occlusion assessments, enabling precise diagnosis and tailored treatment plans. Dive deep into the realm of functional diagnosis utilizing advanced tools such as MRI and condylography, empowering you to decipher complex cases with confidence.

Furthermore, you will develop proficiency in identifying indications for specific types of splints, ensuring optimal therapeutic outcomes for diverse patient needs. From basic splints to advanced interventions, master the nuances of splint selection and customization, guided by Prof. Gregor Slavicek’s expertise.

A highlight of the course is the comprehensive coverage of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), including anterior disc displacement with and without reduction. Explore effective treatment strategies, including repositioning the mandible and managing variable disc positions, to alleviate symptoms and restore optimal function for TMD patients.

Embark on this transformative journey into occlusal splint therapy and elevate your clinical practice to new heights. Equip yourself with the essential skills and knowledge to deliver exceptional care, enhance patient outcomes, and make a lasting impact in the field of dentistry. Join us and unlock the potential of occlusal splint therapy with Prof. Gregor Slavicek’s protocols.

PRICE:  393.99€