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Most Common Causes of Bony Growths in the Mouth
Posted on 8/15/2018 by Marc Rosenthal, DMD, MD
In many cases, bony growths in the mouth are nothing to worry about. According to the Journal of clinical and diagnostic research, this harmless growth called Tori or Torus, if it's a single one, are harmless Growths of bone inside the mouth That are covered by normal gum tissue and are benign.
These bony growths can be found on either side of the mouth, but usually are present in both areas simultaneously. The torus are often seen on the tongue side of the bottom jaw, the roof of the mouth, or the cheek side of the upper molars.
Common Reasons for Bony Mouth Growths
It may sound surprising, but many people don't even realize they have Torus until they are found during a dental examination. A study published in the Journal of Gerontology suggests that they can be hereditary and related to your genes or ethnicity.
They are more common in men and some dental professionals believe that they are more prevalent in people who grind or clench their teeth. The cause can also be found in injuries from trauma to the face or jaw, according to other theories.
Should I Be Worried About Bony Growths in My Mouth?
While they may look and feel strange, there is no need to worry that a tori or torus will become cancerous. However, if you are concerned or worried about bony growths in your mouth, you can always ask us about it and we will be happy to give you more information to keep you at ease.
It is always important to keep your regular checkups, so we can stay on top of any new oral health condition that arises. If you come to see us twice a year, we will notice if there is something that is worrisome and needs further treatment with us or other dental professionals.