Where Do Bony Growths Come From?

Posted on 9/20/2018 by Westlake Oral Surgery
Where Do Bony Growths Come From?Bony growths or Torus can develop in the lower or upper jaw and sometimes on the side of the cheek. Tori is a single bone growth while torus is several of them.

Mandibular Tori usually grow in the lower jaw, under the tongue, next to the molars. In 90-percent of cases, they grow on both sides of the jaw. This condition is not very common and affects between 5 to 10-percent of the population.

What Causes Tori?

While it is unclear where these bony growths come from, there is some indication that they may develop in people who suffer from a temporomandibular disorder or TMD. The clenching and grinding of teeth that comes with conditions such as bruxism put a lot of pressure on the teeth and gums. The theory is that the body tries to counteract this by adding bone so that teeth have enough support.

Torus (multiple Tori) can be bothersome, and in some cases, they can interfere with speech or swallowing. Many people who have them are concerned, but these bony growths are not cancerous and do not develop into cancer. In some instances, they grow, which is why there are reasons to believe they are related to TMD and can meet in the middle of the mouth.

Treatment for Bony Growths

Tori is a diagnosis that needs no treatment in most cases but can cause some problems for example for people who need dentures. This conclusion is an excellent reason to keep regular dental checkups, so the need for dentures is never there.

If you have bony growths in your mouth you have the option to remove them surgically. However, the more important thing is to diagnose the reason why they develop in the first place. If, as in many cases, torus are the result of TMD and we can help you with adequate treatment for that condition.
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