Definition: Fordyce granules or spots is a collection of sebaceous glands that occur in various locations in the oral cavity.
Synonyms: Fordyce Spots, Fordyce Disease
Inclusion of ectoderm having potentialities of skin in the oral cavity during development of maxilla & mandible- embryonic life
- Sebaceous Hyperplasia
- Epidermoid cyst
- Dermoid cyst
Sex predilection : M=F
Site or Location:
- Buccal mucosa (opposite molar teeth)
- Fordyce Lips
- Retromolar region
- Bilaterally symmetrical
- Small yellow spots either discreetly separated or forming plaques
- Projecting slightly above the surface of the tissue
- Similar to sebaceous glands of skin –but not associated with hair follicles
- Usually superficial just beneath the overlying epithelium which often produce local elevation of the epithelium
- Consist of few or more lobules grouped around one or more ducts which open on the surface of the mucosa
Treatment of Fordyce spots or Granules:
- Treatment is not required.
- Inflamed glands can be treated by Clindamycin
- But in case of any effect to physical appearance due to Fordyce spots or Granules on Lips the mode of treatment is: Laser Treatment of Fordyce spots on Lips is done
- Neoplastic Transformation has been reported but very rare.