What Are Mouth Tori?

September 4, 2018

Have you ever heard a term for something that then brought that something into a whole new light for you? For example, did you know that the way it smells after rain has a one-word term to describe it? Petrichor is the word for the smell after the first rain in awhile. The bony growths in your mouth has a term, too: tori mandibularis. They are harmless, but it can be unsettling to find with your tongue if you had never noticed it before. There is usually no need for treatment unless they are interfering with another important treatment. Your dental team in Olathe, KS will best advise you on your smile’s needs.

Why Are They There?

The bone growths are covered by your soft oral tissues and they typically occur under your tongue, the roof of your mouth, or between your gums and cheeks. They may have developed because you have bruxism (the habitual grinding of teeth), genetic reasons, or as the result of some an injury to the mouth you experienced in the past.

Should You Be Concerned?

The short answer is probably not. Although, if you discover any new lumps, bumps, lesions, or sores in your mouth, it is very important to talk to your dentist about it. While mouth tori are mostly harmless, a bump or sore could be a sign of something more serious. You might not be able to differentiate between tori and a harmful bump in your own mouth. Tori can become problematic if you are to be fit for dentures or some form of orthodontic treatment. In these situations, the bumps may affect the way the oral appliance or prosthetic fits your smile. If this is the case, your dentist will talk to you about options that will be best for your smile’s health.

Mouth Tori Are Harmless Bony Growths

Your dentist can talk to you about mouth tori and any other dental question you have. To schedule a consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.