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Some Bony Growths in the Mouth Are Nothing to Worry About

Posted on 6/22/2020 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Some Bony Growths in the Mouth Are Nothing to Worry AboutWe all know the feeling. One day you're just brushing your teeth, and for a split second, you see something in your mouth you have never seen before. You may be wondering what it is, so you rub your finger against it and feel that it's hard. It doesn't hurt, but you're worried it might cause problems if not checked out at our office.

Fortunately, not all bony growths inside the mouth are harmful or a sign of poor oral health. If you find a bony growth on the surface of your gums, it may just be calcified bone. Some people may have a lot of these growths and others may not have any at all. Fortunately, they are benign and a relatively natural thing to have.

People who have many of growths on their outer gums have what is called an exostosis mouth. People who have an exostosis mouth will find these bony growths on the front facing surfaces of their upper and lower gums. However, if you have bony growths in other places, it may be a cause for concern.

Torus Mandibularis

Bony growths found behind the front bottom teeth may be a sign of torus mandibularis. Torus mandibularis is similar to an exostosis mouth in that the growths are calcified bone, but they can sometimes be painful and can make speech hard depending on how large the growths are. In some cases, they will need to be removed.

Similar to torus mandibularis growth, torus palatinus are growths found not on the floor of the mouth but on the roof. These growths have the potential to be harmful, but in most cases, they pose no threat. Sometimes they can grow to be very large and they may obstruct eating, and then they will need to be removed.

If you have any more questions, we will be happy to help. Stop by our office or gives us a call! We will be happy to check out any growth you may be worried about.
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