Have you ever heard of an oral health issue known as tori? Also known as mandibular tori, this refers to bony growths that develop in a patient’s mouth. The issue is rare, with only between 5% and 10% of people developing this issue in various degrees of severity. We’re going to take a deeper look at this issue in today’s blog.

How Does the Problem Form?

The causes of tori can vary, but often times it’s linked to the pressure from bruxism, or persistent teeth grinding/clenching. The bony growths form on either side of the palate’s midline in the upper and lower mouth. They can also occasionally form on the cheek facing side of the mouth. They are typically slow growing and may not be noticeable for quite some time after they form.

How Can This Complicate My Oral Health?

For patients that wear oral appliances, such as those prescribed for treating TMJ or bruxism, or clear orthodontics, such as Invisalign, the growths can impact how the appliances fit. They can then complicate treatment. Also, they can make eating difficult, as the growths can become irritated when eating rougher foods, such as pizza, bread with thick crust, and even chips.

Does the Problem Require Removal?

Not necessarily, as the growths themselves don’t have a negative impact on your oral health. However, if they impede treatment with your aligners or oral appliances, or if they prevent you from eating or speaking clearly, then we can discuss removal options. No matter what, if you notice growths appearing we always urge patients to see us. Unexplained sores or growths are also indicators of oral cancer, so we can perform a screening to assess whether you need to see a specialist to discuss oral cancer treatment, or if you simply have mandibular tori. If you have any questions about this rare dental health issue, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Tori?

Our comprehensive approach to personalized dental care ensures we can address a variety of oral health concerns. To schedule a consultation, call the Viva Dental Family Dentistry office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).