Also known as tori bone, mandibular tori are bony overgrowths that can form next to the teeth inside the mouth, most commonly on the lower arch. These bony protrusions, normally covered by skin, may be present for many years and then grow. If they get too big they can, while normally painless and harmless, become a bit of a nuisance.
Problems with Speech or Food Sticking
In most instances, the tori growths don’t bother individuals and need not be removed. But appliances like dentures or partials can rub against the mandibular tori, causing issues with fitting or even chafing and sores. People with tori may find that dental x-rays or dental plates won’t fit properly, that they may have problems with speech or that food can get stuck, making brushing and flossing more challenging.
Treating Mandibular Tori
At the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics, we utilize a revolutionary ultrasonic technology called Piezosurgery® for the removal of these non-malignant bone growths in the mouth. The technology offers us a powerful, precise, yet very safe method of removing this type of cumbersome bone tissue. We adjust the ultrasonic frequency to cut into hard tissue while leaving the soft tissue untouched.
Interested in learning more? Take a look at one patient’s successful Piezosurgery® experience and then schedule an appointment with us to see if you might be a candidate for this advanced procedure.