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Step-by-Step 3D Printing Occlusal Guards

Learn How to Use Intraoral Scanning, Digital Design Software to Design Guards, 3D Print Occlusal Guards, and Clinical Steps for Adjusting Guards and Delivery

Are you interested in making your own occlusal guards or bite appliances using digital technology such as scanning and 3D Printing? Are you interested in making your guards fit better, faster, and easier?

This course covers the essentials of what you, your assistants, and your laboratory needs to know about scanning, designing, and 3D printing for occlusal guards! We cover the step by step protocols using intraoral and optical scanning techniques, software design the guards, 3D printing techniques, finishing and polishing techniques, and the clinical procedures for delivering the guard. We teach using low-cost, desktop grade 3D printers that can produce occlusal guards for a fraction of what they cost from the lab!

Included is up to 3CEU of AGD PACE continuing education credit.

This course utilizes learning skills and educational content that is 20% projection slides and 80% video-based education. We emphasize simulated "LIVE" video based techniques to demonstrate the use of scanners, printers, software, and surgical guide fabrication and demonstration.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Digital Occlusal Guards

Topics include:

  • Overview of How to Produce Intraoral Scans and Designing Guards
  • Clinical Step-by-Step Protocol Checklist
  • Multiple Methods for Scanning and Designing

Chapter 2: Material Options for 3D Printed Occlusal Guards

Topics include:
  • Nextdent Clear
  • Nextdent Orthorigid
  • Keyprint Soft Resin
  • Sprintray Splint
  • Comparing Milled vs. Printed Guards

Chapter 3: Scanning Using the Medit i500 Intraoral Scanner

Topics include:

  • Setting Up New Scan Orders
  • Scanning Strategy
  • Scanning Bites
  • Exporting Files to the Lab/USB/Network Drive

Chapter 4: Scanning Using the 3Shape TRIOS Intraoral Scanner

Topics include:

  • Setting Up New Scan Orders
  • Scanning Strategy
  • Scanning Bites
  • Exporting Files to the Lab/USB/Network Drive

Chapter 5: Designing the Occlusal Guard Using exocad

Topics include:

  • Basics of Using exocad software
  • Importing Scan Files
  • Blocking Out Models
  • Design Parameters for Guards
  • Exporting Designed Guards from exocad to 3D Printing Software

Chapter 6: Designing Models using exocad Model Creator

Topics include:

  • Cutting Away Excessive Scan Areas
  • Building Models & Procedures
  • How to Hollow-Out Models to Save Resin
  • Adding Articulator Pins
  • Exporting Designed Models from exocad to 3D Printing Software

Chapter 7: 3D Printing KeySplint Soft Occlusal Guard

Topics include:

  • Importing Design STL Files into Rayware Software; Adding Supports
  • Setting up Sprintray Pro Printer for Printing Guards
  • Removing the Printed Guard From the Printer Platform
  • Washing & Cleaning the Printed Guard
  • UV Curing Techniques

Chapter 8: 3D Printing Models for Fitting the Guard & Checking the Bite

Topics include:

  • Importing Model STL Files into Rayware Software; Adding Supports
  • Setting up Sprintray Pro Printer for Printing Models
  • Removing the Printed Models From the Printer Platform
  • Washing & Cleaning the Printed Models
  • UV Curing Techniques

Chapter 9: Laboratory Step-by-Step Adjustment and Polishing of the Printed Occlusal Guard

Topics include:

  • Removing Supports and Polishing the Occlusal Guard
  • Fitting the Guard to Models to Confirm Passive Fit
  • Properly Adjusting Occlusion in the Laboratory
  • Polishing the Printed Occlusal Guard

Chapter 10: Clinical Step-by-Step Delivering the Occlusal Guard

Topics include:

  • Clinical Step-by-Step Protocol Checklist
  • Setting Up the Clinical Tretament Room For Fitting Occlusal Guards
  • Working with Keysplint Soft Guards and Initial Fitting Technique
  • Clinical Procedures to Properly Adjusting Fit and Occlusion in the Chair

Continuing Education Credits provided by:

Fast Track Dental
National Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.
9/1/2019 to 8/31/2020.
Provider ID# 392479


Your Instructor


Michael Scherer
Michael Scherer

Dr. Michael Scherer is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University, a Clinical Instructor at University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and maintains a practice limited to prosthodontics and implant dentistry in Sonora, California. He is a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, has published articles related to implant dentistry, clinical prosthodontics, and digital technology with a special emphasis on implant overdentures. As an avid technology & computer hobbyist, Dr. Scherer’s involvement in digital implant dentistry has led him to develop and utilize new technology with CAD/CAM surgical systems, implement interactive CBCT implant planning, and outside of the box radiographic imaging concepts. Dr. Scherer also maintains several YouTube channels: “LearnLOCATOR”, “LearnLODI”, “LearnSATURNO”, “The 3D Dentist” and "LearnF-Tx" - popular YouTube channels on standard and narrow diameter dental implant procedures and digital dentistry.


Frequently Asked Questions


What does this course cover?
This course covers the essentials of working with intraoral scanners, design software, 3d printing, and clinical procedures. It is meant to be a good foundation in getting started with digital occlusal guards.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have 1 month (30 calendar days) to complete the course. If you need additional time, you can contact us at [email protected] Additional fees may be applicable.
How do I get CE for this course?
We are happy to provide up to 3hr of CEU for this online course! Please complete the entire online course and complete the self-assessment section at the end of the course. E-mail us when you have completed the entire course and are ready to receive your CE credits.

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