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How Can You Tell if You Have a Bony Growth in Your Mouth

Posted on 1/17/2017 by Tricia Ramsay
A woman suffering from a bony growth inside her mouth.
Tori, or bony growths in your mouth, can appear anywhere in your mouth - the roof, the palate or on the jaw bone - and are benign, although they are often mistaken for other issues that cause concern. Treatment is often not needed to remove these growths, though it can be done in certain instances.

What Causes Bony Growths?

Tori can be caused by any number of different factors. Approximately 10% of adults have these growths, and they tend to be more prevalent in men. They can be caused simply by genetics. Another cause of tori is bruxism, or the clenching and/or grinding of your teeth. The pressure created by clenching often leads to tori on the lower jaw.

Often, tori have no symptoms. Nor are they considered to be a serious issue. You may only notice the growths by feeling them. There are some instances where pain is involved, due to food getting trapped and causing irritation.

Tori usually don't require treatment. However, surgery is required to remove them if dentures are needed, as the dental appliances won't fit properly with the obstruction in the way. The same is true if you are getting dental implants. They may also require removal if they are so large that they interfere with your daily functions, such as eating.

Other Causes of Growths
There are other causes of growths in your mouth that aren't actually a bony growth. These growths are often also accompanied by pain, indicating a more serious issue:

•  Cysts, which can cause tooth loss and swelling.
•  An impacted tooth.
•  Wisdom teeth that have not yet erupted through the gums.
•  Sharp bone left over from a wisdom tooth extraction.
•  Abscesses, which can cause bone loss and spread infection.

Bony growths are often harmless and don't require removal. However, if you find yourself suffering from pain with your growth, treatment may be required. An exam and X-rays can determine what the growth really is. Contact your dentist to schedule your appointment.

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