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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41-43

Conservative management of amlodipine influenced gingival enlargement

Department of Periodontics, Government Dental College and Hospital, Aurangabad - 431 001, Maharashtra, India

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Rashmi P Dhale
Department of Periodontics, Government Dental College and Hospital, GHATI, Aurangabad-431001, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.51894

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Gingival enlargement is a well recognized unwanted effect associated mainly with anticonvulsant drugs, immunosuppressant drugs and calcium channel blockers. Amlodipine influenced gingival enlargement is comparatively less prevalent amongst calcium channel blockers. It causes aesthetic disfigurement, speech disturbances, abnormal tooth movement and difficulty in mastication. The management of drug influenced gingival enlargement is a challenge for the periodontist, mainly due to less understanding of its pathogenesis, difficulties in selection of proper line of management and recurrence of the enlargement. This report discusses the importance of conservative approach (scaling and root planning along with drug replacement) in the management of a case of amlodipine influenced gingival enlargement. The need for extensive surgery was decreased after this approach.

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