Papillary Hyperplasia of the Palate
What is Papillary Hyperplasia of the Palate?

Papillary hyperplasia of the palate is the technical name for
small, tightly packed
papillary (wart-like protuberances)
growths (of normal tissue cells) that develop in the area of
the mouth where the dentures are worn constantly.  The
roof of the mouth may have a 'pebbled' appearance.

The lining of the mouth is often red and swollen -
particularly if the
papillary hyperplasia is accompanied by
Candidiasis (a Thrush infection).
Papillary Hyperplasia of the Palate
Why are its Causes?

The condition may be caused by minor injury, ill-fitting
dentures, not cleaning the dentures properly, sleeping with
the dentures in or by a chronic
Thrush infection (also known
denture stomatitis).

What is the treatment?

Papillary hyperplasia usually needs to be surgically
removed (by scalpel,
cryosurgery, electro-surgery or with a
laser) before the denture is placed, although mild cases
may respond to
anti-fungal treatment.

Am I likely to get it again?

The administration of topical anti-fungal therapy, removal of
mechanical trauma caused by the denture and re-
inforcement of hygienic measures ease the disappearance
of the
papillary hyperplasia.

However, local recurrences are frequent if predisposing
factors persist.

Useful Websites:

Emedicine.com (Dermatology)

Last Updated 18th August 2010