Should I Have Surgery to Remove My Tori?
Tori are extra bone that is present on the upper or lower jaw that may or may not require surgery. Many people do not even know that they have tori! Once the tori are ‘discovered’ they may cause concerns. Because they tend to grow very slowly, they can often go unnoticed by people that have them. Often it is a dentist who is the first to point out the presence of the tori. This blog will show a couple examples of upper and lower tori and the surgical removal of a tori.
Tori have the following characteristics:
- Very firm lump due to the underlying bone
- Very slow growing
- Painless except when bumped
- Usually of unknown origin
Tori may interfere with dental appliances in which case they must be removed or the appliance modified to fit around the tori. A partial denture is used to replace missing teeth. If the partial denture covers the tori and the tori continues to grow, the partial may not fit as well over time. If a major portion of a dental appliance covers a tori it may not be able to be modified sufficiently to allow continued wear of the appliance.
Surgery usually is completed in the office of an oral surgeon. You can often sleep though this surgery if desired. Prior to completing surgery to remove a tori, you should have a three dimensional xray taken of your jaws to determine the safety of completing the surgery.
Shown are before and after images of a palatal tori that was removed by an oral surgeon for patient comfort.
Our office will refer you to the office of an oral surgeon familiar with this procedure. It is in your best interest to achieve the best result possible!