FAQs About Tori

Have you ever heard of tori? This issue involves the growth of bony tissue in the mouth. While sometimes a minor issue, the growths can occasionally lead to serious complications. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at the causes of tori and discuss when you see the dentist.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tori

Question: What cases these growths to form?

Answer: A variety of factors can lead to tori, but the most common cause is bruxism (teeth grinding and teeth clenching). When they occur, the growths form on either side of the midline in the upper and lower palate. They can also form on the cheek facing side of the mouth, but this is much rarer. They are slow growing and only occasionally lead to complications.

Question: Do I need to have them removed?

Answer: As mentioned above, they rarely cause any problems. However, should they impact how an oral appliance fits or your orthodontic treatment, then we can discuss removal. In addition, we may need to remove them if they develop sores due to the foods you eat or if they impact your speech in any way.

Question: When should I see a dentist?

Answer: If you notice any growths, see us right away. While tori isn’t usually a cause for concern, unexplained growths could also be a potential indicator of oral cancer. We can perform a thorough diagnosis and if necessary, refer you to a specialist for treatment.

Question: How do you stop bruxism?

Answer: If you grind your teeth we can use treatment to prevent damage to your smile or the growth of bony patches. Often, orthodontics or restorations can correct the issue. We may also use an oral appliance to protect your teeth from further damage due to grinding episodes.

Do You Need to See the Dentist?

We can address a wide array of oral health issues, from decay to gum disease. To schedule an appointment with your dentist, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at info@healthysmilesnwi.com. We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.