4. Overgrown Gums In A Patient Who Takes Medication Such as Dilantin Or Cyclosporine

Since the appearance of gum tissue overgrowth from Dilantin or Cyclosporine may appear similar, these case types will be discussed together.

Dilantin is a medication which is taken to control seizures. Poor oral hygiene of the patient may alter the Dilantin overgrowth even though this type of overgrowth may occur with perfect oral hygiene. Once the gum tissues have been surgically corrected, there may be a re-growth of the overgrown gum tissue contours as long as the patient is still taking Dilantin.

Cyclosporine is an anti-rejection medication which is taken by patients who have had organ transplants such as kidney transplants. After surgery has been done to correct the overgrown gums, the gum overgrowth may re-occur quickly and be difficult to control.

Case 4a A 26 year old female who has experienced significant overgrowth since she has been taking Dilantin for her epilepsy.
dilantin pre-op

The red overgrown gums interfere not only with a view of her attractive smile, but these overgrown gum contours interfere with her oral hygiene and gum tissue health.

dilantin post-op

The non-invasive surgery has removed the overgrown and diseased gum tissue. She now has not only a very attractive smile, but one that she can keep healthy.

Case 4b This 47 year old female has been taking Cyclosporine in order to prevent the rejection of her transplanted kidney. She has had this type of overgrowth since the time that she started taking the Cyclosporine.
cyclosporine pre-op
Cyclosporine Overgrowth

This raspberry-like appearance is common in these cases of Cyclosporine overgrowth. A simple surgical removal is not very involved. However, this overgrowth may return quickly.