While some oral health issues, such as tooth decay or gum disease, are well known, there are other issues that few people are familiar with. In today’s blog, we would like to discuss a unique and rare oral health issue know as tori.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tori
Question: How do these growths form?
Answer: Tori are bony growths that form on either side of the midline in your mouth’s upper or lower palate. They can also sometimes occur on the cheek facing side of the mouth as well. When they form, they grow slowly and in rare cases, can become problematic for your smile.
Question: What causes them?
Answer: There are multiple factors that can lead to the onset of bony growths, but the most common cause is bruxism. This disorder refers to persistent teeth grinding or teeth clenching, which can cause jaw joint strain and even damage your teeth.
Question: Do I need to see the dentist?
Answer: If you notice any growths in your mouth you should see us right away. While sometimes these are tori and relatively harmless, growths could also be a possible symptom of oral cancer. We can examine them and find out which issue they are related to and start you on the path to treatment and recovery.
Question: Can they be removed?
Answer: In most cases, they don’t need to be and pose little risk to your smile. However, they occasionally grow so large that oral appliances or orthodontic aligners can no longer fit. They can also develop uncomfortable sores when you eat. In these situations, we can safely and carefully remove them, restoring the health and function of your smile. If you have any questions about these growths, then contact our team today. We’re here to ensure you enjoy a comfortable and healthy smile!
Do You Have Questions About Tori?
Our team can help you enjoy a lifetime of healthy and beautiful smiles. To learn more, schedule a consultation, call Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.