We often discuss common oral health issues, such as tooth decay or even TMJ disorder. However, today we would like to talk about an oral health concern that only impacts between 5% and 10% of the population. What is tori?
Try Our Quiz on Tori
- True or False: Bruxism can lead to the bony growths.
- True or False: You should see us if you notice any growths or changes in your smile.
- True or False: We often don’t need to remove them.
- True or False: They may impact how oral appliances fit.
- True. Multiple factors can lead to the onset of tori, but bruxism is the most common. The pressure from regular teeth grinding and jaw clenching can lead to slow growing bony growths, which appear on either side of the midline of the upper and lower palate. They can sometimes form on the cheek facing side of the mouth as well.
- True. While tori aren’t usually a cause for concern, you should still see us if you notice any growths or lesions in your mouth. These can also sometimes be a sign of oral cancer. A diagnosis can tell whether we need to refer you to a specialist for treatment.
- True. Typically, they don’t impact a patient’s daily life and rarely require removal.
- True. Occasionally, they can prevent orthodontics and oral appliances from fitting properly, or become sore when patients consume foods like chips or pizza. In these scenarios, we may discuss removal. If you have any questions about unexplained growths in the jaw or about treating bruxism, then contact our team today. We can offer treatment to return your smile to optimal health and function, and help you avoid complications.
Talk To Cedar West Family Dentistry About Tori
At Cedar West Family Dentistry, we can address issues with the comfort and heath of your smile. Our practice can work with you to provide solutions to common oral health issues. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with us, call our family dental office in Richfield, MN, today at (612) 861-7188.