Oral Rehabilitation with Immediate Dentures for a Patient Presenting with Drug-Induced Gingival Hyperplasia

Author: Krina Shah, IDS 2023
Mentor: N/A

Personalized Instructional Program Teaching Material Creation Award

Drug-induced gingival hyperplasia (DIGH) is a common side effect of certain medications, resulting in an overgrowth of gingival tissue. This case study presents the use of immediate dentures for oral rehabilitation in a 69-year-old female patient on antihypertensive calcium channel blocker medication. The patient presented with extensive gingival overgrowth, resulting in difficulty eating and speaking, as well as poor esthetics. After a thorough evaluation and treatment planning, staged extraction was performed and and complete maxillary and mandibular immediate dentures were delivered on final extraction day. The dentures provided improved function, esthetics, and comfort for the patient, who reported a high level of satisfaction with the treatment outcome. This case illustrates the potential benefits of immediate dentures for oral rehabilitation in patients with drug-induced gingival hyperplasia, offering a viable treatment option for patients seeking to improve their quality of life.

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