Oral Frictional Hyperkeratosis Follow-up

Updated: Feb 19, 2021
  • Author: Jose Luis Tapia, DDS; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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Follow-up

Deterrence/Prevention

Removing the frictional irritant resolves the condition. Irritants include tissue chewing or sucking, ill-fitting or irregularly surfaced dentures, jagged teeth, poorly adapted dental restorations, and constant mastication on edentulous alveolar ridges.

If dental prostheses fit poorly or are broken, relining or fabricating new removable partial and full dentures decreases the development of frictional keratosis. Wearing an occlusal splint may be useful for decreasing or eliminating cheek and lip biting.

The patient should receive follow-up care to ensure the frictional area is resolving.