A fairly common occurrence in the mouth is the existence of extra bone development along the outside or inside of the jawline near the teeth, or in the roof of the mouth. Referred to as exostosis, tori or a torus, these bony growths in the mouth are typically bumpy with a round appearance. Size and shape varies from person to person as well as throughout the mouth. They typically do not appear symmetrical throughout the mouth, and may have several raised circular areas next to one another, or appear as a bony ridge.
They feel very hard to the touch and are the same color as the gum tissue. No one gender or age range is more predisposed to developing exostosis or tori. It is believed that these bone formations are developmental, but they typically are not present until a person reaches adulthood. Some dentists also believed that trauma, chronic irritation, or stress in the area of the bony development may be what causes the growth. Growth may continue on a slow course throughout life. They may also grow back in some cases after being surgically removed.
Tori and Exostosis typically do not interfere with a person’s oral health unless that person needs dentures, or the growths are so large that they become irritated easily. Severe growths may interfere with eating and oral hygiene. If a patient loses their teeth and is in need of a full denture, then surgical removal of the bony growths will need to be performed prior to making the denture. Doing so allows proper seal and minimized irritation when wearing the new appliance.
Posted on behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
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