do not seem to be too efficient as once the first one has been performed the next one mostly come very soon thereafter often requested by the patient. Too many dentists fall into the trap and after three to four visits the splint does not look the way it originally was supposed to look and/or function.
In my opinion, when the splint is fabricated in the correct mandibular position, it does not need any adjustments. It only needs to be worn during that time the patient is bruxing. Some patients need to wear the splint during the day. Others need to use the splint during sleep. If the patient belongs in the category arthrogenous origin of pain the splint has to be worn full time except for chewing.
One reason for the initially not comfortable or not efficient occlusal device is most probably that it is made in the wrong mandibular position. One major cause is that an existing temporomandibular joint condylar vertical asymmetry ,when present, has not been taken into account at the design of the splint.
It is my experience and sincere advice that no single occlusal device or splint should be made unless the temporomandibular joint condylar (a)symmetry. has been analysed and determined.