TMJ Wesley Chapel, NC

tmj wesley chapel nc

Dr. Richard E. Graham

Trained at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Graham completed a general practice residency at Columbia Presbyterian/Harlem Hospital Center, and received postgraduate orthodontic training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Hospital.  And with 20 years of training and experience in the field of orthodontics, there’s no wonder Dr. Graham is the best orthodontist in the Wesley Chapel, NC area.

What is Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a localized pain disorder that occurs when this joint is injured or damaged. Causes of TMJ include injury to the teeth or jaw, misalignment of the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding, poor posture, stress, arthritis, and gum chewing.

4 Treatments for TMJ

  1. Home Treatments.  Some things you can do on your own include (but aren’t limited to): taking over-the-counter medications (e.g., ibuprofen), using heating or cold packs to relieve pain, and eating soft foods.
  2. Medications.  Dr. Graham may prescribe patients with higher doses of medications for pain and swellings.  For patients who grind their teeth, he might suggest a muscle relaxer to relax your jaw.  And for patients under stress he might suggest a anti-anxiety medication.
  3. A Splint or Night Guard.  To further prevent teeth from grinding, Dr. Graham may suggest a mouthpiece to lessen the effects of grinding and correct your bite at the same time.
  4. Orthodontic Treatment.  Dr. Graham can use braces or Invisalign to fix your bite.

If you live or work in or around the Wesley Chapel, NC area, and suffer from pain or tenderness in your face/jaw joint area, have problems when you try to open your mouth wide, or trouble chewing, contact Dr. Graham today!


Dr. Richard E. Graham and the team at BracesPlus are experts in orthodontia. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in the 28104 zip code area: in Wesley Chapel, Union County, Waxhaw, Weddington, Indian Trail, and Monroe, NC, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Graham contact BracesPlus at: 704.821.8008