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A 20-year-old male asked:

could naproxen 500mg make facial/cheek swelling worse? if not, how long would it take to bring swelling down because of tmj?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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No: It is unlikely to make that issue worse.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
No: Naproxen is an anti-inflammatory. Cheek swelling due to TMJ may respond to meds, hot or cold compresses, soft diet, occlusal splint, or other treatment modalities. You should start to see improvement in a few days. Best solution is to determine cause of dysfunction and address cause rather than just looking to mask symptoms.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Unlikely: Unlikely. Also unlikely to have swelling from TMJ. See TMJ expert for diagnosis/treatment. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

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