Medical attention isn’t always necessary. You can develop symptoms because your joints are overworked and stressed out. Pain and discomfort will go away on their own.
However, there’s a time you need to see a dentist. For example, do you have constant issues opening and closing your mouth? This means your TMJ is causing your joints and jaw muscles to function incorrectly.
Another reason to see a dentist for TMD is if the pain is severe and persistent.
There are many treatments for TMD. Pain medication can help your pain and swelling. If you develop TMD because you clench your jaw, anti-anxiety medication can help relieve your stress so you don’t clench your jaw.
Your dentist may also recommend you eat primarily soft foods to take the chewing stress off of your joints and muscles.
Severe cases may require specialised treatment and devices such as the occlusal splint.