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Do I Have Tori? What the Heck Are These Bumps In My Jaw?

November 9, 2017

Filed under: Tori or Dental Tori — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 6:41 pm

What the heck are these hard bumps in my jaw?

We get asked these questions a lot!  It is a very good idea to get to know your mouth by doing self exams and be able to tell if anything is changing.  I thought you might be interested in a recent email exchange I had with Mamabear.  Note that a true diagnosis should always be done in person by a professional.  These cell phone images are great at showing what condition is the concern.


Mamabear’s initial email:

Sent: Monday, November 06, 2017 12:06 AM
To: Office e-mail <jgillis@rosemontdev.com>
Subject: Tori?

Hi I have what may be extra bone , I thought everyone had it until it shocked a friend of mine. I can’t find a pic that looks like mine. Can you tell me what it is? Its perfect on both sides. Pics attached.

Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE device


Julie gillis DDS responds:

See left and right images sent by Mamabear of “extra bone in lower jaw” that patient noticed. They are most likely tori.

See left and right images of “lumps in lower jaw” that patient noticed. They are most likely tori.

Hi Mamabear,

The photos definitely have the appearance of mandibular (lower jaw) tori or harmless extra bone on the inside of the lower jaw.  It would be best however to have these evaluated by your dentist (not sure where you live) to evaluate these for sure.  The photos are good to save.  You can take new ones, or better yet have your dentist take photos, and campart the area with another photo in 6 months.  If they seem to be growing quickly, or if you are concerned about any changes, you should have this area evaluated by a dentist or oral surgeon.

If you are in our area, we would be happy to see you!


Mamabear responded:

Thank you so much for getting back to me. Really appreciate it. Im in the San Francisco bay area.

Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE device


From: Julie Gillis DDS

Subject:RE: Tori?

Hi Mamabear,

May we use your photos for a blog post on our website?

Julie M Gillis DDS AAACD

“Caring For and Enhancing Your Smile”

(970) 242-3635 office


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Mamabear’s response

Of coarse. Yeah I hv never seen it like I hv it. I can try n hv a friend take a better pic later today. Ill send that to ya. Like I said I thought it was normal dentists never said anything until I noticed it and asked n the assistant was shocked. She never saw it. I’m not sure if its grown. I dont even notice it, unless I play with it with my toungue. Lol. I thought it was a 3rd set of teeth since the ridges are perfect.

Ill get a better pic for ya today.

Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE device


Julie Gillis DDS responds:

Thank you!  Every office is different, but we include an oral cancer exam every six months during our patient’s cleanings (of course at no extra charge) and then show them anything they have going on that is different so that our patients can also monitor for symptoms.

It is a good sign that your tongue doesn’t really notice the area.  That likely means that the bone has had a similar shape for a long time.  Tongues are very good at pointing out anything that is the least bit unusual and then fussing over it.  Think of a small tooth chip if you have had this or something caught between your teeth.


Julie M Gillis DDS AAACD

“Caring For and Enhancing Your Smile”

(970) 242-3635 office



There you have it!  Selfies helping with diagnosing.  We enjoy helping our patients understand all the conditions going on in their mouths.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and yours!  Julie Gillis DDS

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