Course subject:Splint Therapy
Date:13 - 15 May 2022
Course language:Bulgarian
Location:Sofia, Balgarska Legia 2 str.


Splint therapy, 13–15 May  

Organiser: Complete Dental Solutions

Host:  Clinical part – ColdyDent, Laboratory part – ColdyDentLAB

Dr Ivchev’s message: Splint therapy is not a treatment for bruxism or bruxomania. Splints are not ready-to-wear devices but an individual tool designed in terms of statics and dynamics to the individual needs of the patient. The properly made splint or splints will be an adequate start to the definitive phase of the treatment. That is why this part of the treatment is extremely important. 

Lecturer’s CV: 

Dr. Manol Ivchev is one of the leading doctors in Dentistry as well as leading lecturer in occlusal medicine in Bulgaria.  He's graduated from School of Dental Medicine in Sofia and has attended courses  of Functional Occlusion trainings accredited by the Slavicek Institute in Vienna - VieSID. For the past 10 years he has invested in training all over the world in courses on functional orthodontics and a more holistic approach to treatment. In his dental clinic he offers complete patient care, from functional diagnosis to full mouth rehabilitation for the most complex cases, not only aesthetic but also correcting functional problems in which speech, chewing, breathing and proper jaw alignment is compromised

Course abstract:  

In dentistry, different types of splints, splints to wear on different jaws, during the day and/or night are often discussed for different problems. This creates a lot of confusion among dental technicians and dentists. The correct three-dimensional position of the lower jaw in balance with the adjacent structures is a key factor for the patient’s dental health, as well as for the correct completion of the prosthetic and orthodontic phase of the treatment. The systematised methodology for determining the type and design of the splint is extremely important for the correct and trouble-free course of the splint therapy. Instrumental analyses and their interpretation are fundamental to the structuring of the treatment protocol and will be addressed in the forthcoming course. 

Course objectives:

  • Main objectives: to make correct and detailed diagnoses, to develop an understanding and to improve knowledge of the benefits of splint therapy.
  • Practical objectives: to acquire and improve the skills for correct positioning of the lower jaw in the various stages of treatment through the design of the splint.

Course advantages:  

After participating in this specialised course, each participant will be able to:

  • Understand and diagnose the system in which he/she works
  • Have control over his/her work
  • Understand well the transfer of information taken from the patient to the dental laboratory
  • Have clarity regarding the steps of the protocols in functional dentistry. 

Course format: 

Theoretical part – seminar hall.  

Practical – clinical and laboratory demonstration on a real patient.


Day 1: 

8:30 – 9:00 – Registration and breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 – Functional anatomy of the cranio-mandibular system. Muscle vectors – Presentation

10:30 – 11:00 – Coffee break

11:00 – 13:00 – Protocol for complex documentation. Workshop based on a patient: 

  • photographic documentation 
  • occlusograms 
  • comprehensive examination of the patient 
  • interview to acquire information regarding the patient’s medical history 
  • MRI
  • CBCT

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 – Arranging and processing of documentation and its initial analysis

15:30 – 16:00 – Coffee break

16:00 – 18:30 – Condylography: theoretical and practical part 

18:30 – 19:00 – Overview of the day and discussion

Day 2:

9:00 – 9:30 – Breakfast  

9:30 – 11:00 – Interpretation of the documentation from day 1.  Interpretation of the condylography and preparation of an initial strategy for multidisciplinary treatment

11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 – Workshop: Laboratory demonstration – including of condylography models in an articulator + photographic documentation

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch 

14:00 – 15:30 – Articulator VS Variator – Theoretical part 

15:30 – 16:00 – Coffee break

16:00 – 18:00 – Workshop on a patient: 

  • Muscle palpation 
  • Preparing a series of test bites
  • Transfer of information from condylography to variator

18:00 – 18:30 – Discussion

Day 3:

9:00 – 9:30 – Breakfast

9:30 – 11:00 – Workshop:  Laboratory demonstration – how to make a splint

11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 – Theoretical part. Equilibration of splints – laboratory workshop demonstration

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch /the time can be changed depending on the length of the demonstration before it/

14:00 – 16:00 – Criteria for determining the quality of the splint – theoretical part. Methodology for adapting a splint on a patient – clinical demonstration

16:00 – 16:30 – Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00 – Discussion of treatment – concluding part


General information:

  • Date: 13, 14, 15 May 2022
  • Fee: 3 500 lv. including VAT
  • Instructor: Dr Manol Ivchev
  • Lecturer: Dr Manol Ivchev
  • Language: Bulgarian, English
  • Target group: dentists and dental technicians
  • Practical implementation: demonstration on a real patient
  • Certificate: after a short test
  • Place: ColdyDent & Coldydent LAB
  • Organiser: Complete Dental Solutions