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
What 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 as 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 & Articles:

Emedicine.com (Dermatology)


New Eng J Med.  Papillary Hyperplasia of the Palate

Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal 2016.  Inflammatory Papillary Hyperplasia - A Systematic Review
Last Updated 6th January 2020