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What are mandibular tori?
Do you ever notice a bony growth on your upper or lower jaw? This is a mandibular tori it lies the tongue side of the jaw near the bicuspids or premolars. In 90% of cases, they occur on both sides of the mouth.
You can feel the mandibular tori by feeling the inside of your lower jaw in the area where roots of your lower teeth are located. By this way, you will feel the roof of your mouth. Do you feel hard bumps? Don’t worry! These bumps are harmless growth of extra bones called Tori.
Generally, Tori have a small growth and vary in size. Even you are having them in your mouth but do not even realize they are there until they are examined by a dental professional.
As per the report of National Institute of Health, about 27 out of every 1000 adults are affected by Tori. It is not a customary oral health condition nor it is extremely dangerous but some people contemplate them monstrous while having a special meal or dinner.
Mandibular tori causes
Tori have no effect on our body but why do I have them? This question must arise in your mind once you found a tori in your mouth. The answer to this question is given below.
Mandibular tori are caused due to several factors. More commonly in early adult life, it is associated with bruxism. Stress in jaw bone is another factor of a tori. It is present in the early adult people so it is believed that such tori is the result of local stress as well.
The size of the tori fluctuated throughout life. In some cases, it can enlarge enough to touch each other in the middle of the mouth.
Mandibular tori symptoms
- Pain in throat
- Swollen gums
- Floppy teeth
- Mumbling while conversation
- Sore jaw
To do after diagnosed with mandibular tori
The diagnosis of mandibular tori does not interfere with the activity of your mouth like drinking, eating or speaking. The dental professional generally monitors the size and shape of the tori.
They recommend the treatment of the area unless they begin to interfere with routine oral home care or basic daily functions. In case tori grow to a point where it touches the middle of the mouth, the patient needs to remove denture or needs braces the dental professional recommends the removal of tori. The tori is removed through outpatient surgery in a dental setting.
Until you maintain good hygiene you are harmless having tori in your mouth. There is no need to remove it because they don’t interfere in the daily activity of your mouth.
The gum surrounded by Tori is stretched so you need to take care it will not irritate them. If you have mandibular tori, it may cause you discomfort and you need to make some adjustments like eating and oral hygiene habits.
- Use a soft toothbrush
As the mandibular tori are located in close proximity to premolars, so you need to take care while brushing that area. The use of a hard-bristled toothbrush may break the thin layer of skin covers the torus.
In case you cannot completely avoid the torus while brushing, use a soft toothbrush for brushing.
- Keep the tori clean and infection free
It is vital to keep them clean and infection free. While eating some food particles and bacteria can build around the tori that will make that area prone to infection.
Avoid this rinse your mouth with saltwater in the morning as well as at night. You can also use a water floss to spray warm saltwater directly onto your tori. It helps you to remove the infection as well as cleaning the tori.
- Avoid the food containing hard particles
Having a tori you need to change your diet. Cut your food into small parts and separate hard particles like nuts, hard candies, and chips. It does not mean you should cut the essential nutrients whereas you can eat them after grinding or softening them.
Avoid to ear the acidic food it can irritate tori as the gum tissue covers them is so thin. Limit the consumption of spicy food like chili etc. Consumption of citric acid and citric fruit lime juice can also be the cause of irritation.
If you don’t require these foods you can completely remove these foods from your diet.
- See the dentist
The above tips don’t serve your purpose and taking the killers is the only solution. Visit the dentist as it could be the sign of something serious and not a mere irritation. Sometimes a tooth near the tori may be the reason for the pain in tori.
Mandibular Tori Removal
Yes, the situation comes when the surgery is the option when the torus starts interference in our speech. In this case, the dentist will examine your mouth, symptoms and how is the condition if surgery is required or not. This treatment depends on bone growth, and place where it is located.
It depends on the size of the tori and the dentist that the tori should be removed or shaved into a small size. Generally, torus does not require treatment unless they become large and interfere with a dental prosthesis.
Methods of Removal of Mandibula Tori
1. Traditional surgery
In traditional surgery of mandibular tori removal, patients are placed under general anesthesia. The oral surgeon removes the tori using a scalpel.
2. Laser surgery
Laser surgery reduces the amount of bony growth without any incision. This is a less-invasive option which promotes faster healing and without any blood loss.
Mandibular tori removal surgery cost may vary from one surgeon to another.
Risk and pain associated with surgery
As tori can be removed by surgery so it comes with a few risks. The patient had difficulty with anesthesia in the past may not tolerate the traditional tori surgery. The minor side effects of the surgery include the following risks.
Minor bleeding is expected but should subside within a small amount of time.
Every surgery comes with swelling as a side effect. Applying cold packs and ice can help to reduce the swelling. Pain is a common feature after surgery, but it is not serious. Ibuprofen helps with pain and swelling too.
Don’t worry if you notice the tori for the first time. You must be aware of the risk of oral cancer, but the torus mandibular tori are not cancerous. It is difficult to find what they really are on your own. They are not very common and exist in 12 to 25% of the adult population in their overgrowths in lower law.