mandibular tori

What are Those Bumps in my Mouth?

June 7th, 2021

Some people may notice hard bumps when sliding their tongue around the floor of their mouth and/or at the roof of their mouth. Wondering what these are? These bumps are most likely dental tori, which are harmless bony projections that are covered by your gums. Yet, if you are experiencing any pain or detect any areas in your mouth that concern you be sure to let your dentist know to determine the correct diagnosis. Most people live with dental tori for a long time and never notice, until perhaps their dentist informs them.

The bony growths located on the lower jaw are termed mandibular tori, while the ones located on the roof of the mouth are called palatal tori. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that 27 out of every 1,000 individuals have tori. To put this into perspective with percentages, the Cleveland Clinic reports that approximately 6% of Americans have mandibular tori, while approximately 20% of Americans have palatal tori. Some people may even notice these bumps located on the upper or lower jaw facing their cheeks, called buccal exostoses.

Individuals can have one bump (torus), or multiple, and they can vary in shape. They can also be found on one side of the jaw or on both sides. Sometimes these bony projections can grow larger slowly overtime.

Dental tori may be a result of many factors, including genetics, age, gender, trauma, or nutritional deficiencies for instance. Tori don't typically cause any trouble, so treatment is often not recommended by dental professionals in many cases. However, if the tori are causing interferences, such as with daily eating or speaking, treatment may be needed. In addition, the tori may be recommended to be removed if they interfere with dental prostheses such as braces or dentures. If tori removal is suggested by your dental professional, typically a maxillofacial surgeon will surgically remove them.

Practicing good oral habits including toothbrushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouth rinse can help keep your tori and mouth overall healthy. 

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.


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