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Eating is something we do every day. Now, can you imagine not being able to eat? Imagine, not being able to enjoy the dishes you love, this can be a really stressful and even depressing experience. Today, there are many diseases, some are curable and others do not have a cure at this time.
There is an oral disease that affects 5% ~ 7% of the adult U.S. population suffers from a condition called Mandibular Tori. In the case of this oral problem, the bones in the mouth have an abnormal growth, this causes pain and discomfort, but in other cases the symptoms are almost unnoticeable.
FACT: Mandibular Tori affects approximately 27 out of every 1,000 people.
What is Mandibular Tori?
Torus is the name of a smooth rounded anatomical protuberance (as a bony ridge on the skull). In the case of the mandibular torus, this is the name of the bone growing on your mandible along the tongue. Once this abnormal bone growth is discovered, an analysis should be done in order to not confuse it with Oral Cancer.
For information associated with Oral Cancer, we invite you to read our post: Oral Cancer.
Mandibular Tori occurs in the inner side of the lower jaw, when this oral abnormality occurs in the palate, the abnormality is called Torus Palatinus.
Causes of Mandibular Tori
Research has showed that there are several factors associated with Mandibular Tori.
Mandibular Tori is more common in men than in women. Asian men are at higher risk, compared to men or women from other races. This oral abnormality can be passed down from father to son, indicating a connection with genetics. Recent studies have shown that there is an association between local stress and this abnormal oral condition.
Another cause is bruxism. Teeth grinding will add stress to your jaw bone, increasing the risk of developing Lower Tori.
In other cases, patients who have been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) have also developed mandibular tori. However, if you are diagnosed with TMJ it's not a guarantee that you will develop tori. Dentists have concluded that tori growth seems to be completely random.
FACT: In 90% of the cases, there is a torus on both the left and right sides of your oral cavity, making this an overwhelmingly bilateral condition.
Mandibular Tori Symptoms
Mandibular Tori is an oral abnormality that normally does not have any symptoms. Tori symptoms do not cause such a serious problem that an oral surgery is required. A symptom that patients have described to their dentist is having irritation or a sore jaw; however this is not a guarantee that the patient has Mandibular Tori. Other symptoms associated include:
- Inflammation in the gums
- Irritated Tonsils
- Loose teeth
- Throat Pain
Mandibular Tori Removal and Post-Surgery Treatment
In the case of this oral abnormality, when your dentist examines your mouth and finds the torus, your dentist might explain that treatment is not required. However, when the problem has grown and is causing pain, an oral surgery will be required. For this surgery your dentist will make an incision in the gums; afterward your dentist will remove the excess bone. Depending on the bone growth and where it is located, the oral surgeon will cut away the torus whole or only shave it to a smaller size. Patients will consider the removal of Mandibular Tori when torus excessive interference with speaking. If you use a dental denture, your dentist could consider surgery because the overgrowth bone will interfere with denture placement.
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As we mentioned, with mandibular tori about 2~3% of the human population is affected. Our dental clinic wants to lower this percentage and even though this oral abnormality normally does not cause any serious damage. It will cause discomfort and if the growth continues, mandibular tori can cause pain or disturbed mouths functions. When this occurs you can count on Sani Dental Group to help, we are more than capable of curing this and any other oral diseases. We invite you to visit the city of Los Algodones and enjoy the best dental experience available in the northeastern tip of Baja California.
The steps and procedures mentioned in this post are procedures available in the medical field; however, not all these treatments and procedures are performed at Sani Dental Group. To confirm if this procedure is performed at our dental clinics, please contact us directly.