Pronounced defects of the dental hard tissue can be caused by different etiologic factors. Most frequently, they are associated with changes in the vertical dimension of occlusion (VDO), which may also influence the condylar positions. These defects can lead to irreversible loss of tooth structure and have dramatic functional and esthetic consequences, often requiring complex rehabilitation. In this situation, CAD/CAM-fabricated occlusal splints made of tooth-colored polycarbonate are a proven and safe pretreatment approach in terms of esthetics and function. Rebuilding lost dental hard tissue to restore the occlusion and VDO to an adequate condylar position is a prerequisite for any sustainable and functional rehabilitation. In the future, digital systems will support this complex process, customizing it and making it simpler and more precise. The DMD-System (Ignident) provides patient-specific jaw movement data to optimize the CAD/CAM workflow. This system allows real movement patterns to be digitized and analyzed for functional and potential therapeutic purposes, integrating them into the dental and laboratory workflow. In the present case, the familiar tooth-colored CAD/CAM-fabricated occlusal splint is supplemented by digital centric jaw relation recording and individual movement data.
Keywords: vertical dimension of occlusion (VDO), instrumental functional analysis, maximum intercuspation (MI), maximal intercuspal position (MIP), centric condylar position (CCP), centric relation (CR), tooth-colored occlusal splint, digital workflow