We address a number of different oral health concerns at our office, from gum disease to damaged or missing teeth. We even offer cosmetic care as well. However, today we would like to talk about a rare dental issue only that only impacts between 5% and 10% of people in the United States: mandibular tori.

The Cause and Symptoms of Mandibular Tori

Tori are bony growths that form in the mouth, usually on either side of the midline in the palate on the upper or lower portions of the mouth. Occasionally, the growths can also form on the cheek facing side. The causes are varied but the most common factor behind these growths are bruxism. The constant pressure from regular grinding and clenching can increase the chances of these growths forming.

Do They Need to Be Removed?

They are slow growing and otherwise have little to no impact on your oral health. However, if they grow large enough to impact how oral appliances fit or have a negative effect on your orthodontics, then we may discuss removal. They can also occasionally make speech difficult, or develop sores when you eat, especially harder foods like chips or pizza. If you notice any growths or sores that don’t heal after two weeks, always see us right away. Occasionally, this may not be tori, but instead a warning sign of oral cancer.

Treating Bruxism

Since bruxism is often a major factor behind these growths, we can treat he disorder. If you grind your teeth, which may lead to headaches, jaw pain, and toothaches during the day, we can prescribe an oral appliance. The device repositions the jaw to ease strain on the jaw joints and also places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent further damage.

Do You Have Questions About Tori?

At Brighton Family Dental Group, our team is ready to address a number of cosmetic, preventive, and restorative oral health issues. You can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Villani or Dr. Kondrat by reaching out to our office at (617) 562-5210. We are proud to offer a range of dental services to patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and all neighboring communities.