What are Tori, Torus, or Exostoses?
An exostoses is just a general thickening of bone. A torus (tori-plural) is a non-pathological outgrowth of bone. Some believe these exostoses are genetically linked. We believe they are genetically linked only in that the personalities of the parents could be inherited.
Dental Challenges in the presence of tori
The torus does not require treatment unless it becomes large to the point
where it interferes with denture placement or mouth functions, or suffers
from repeated traumatic surface ulceration. Ulceration can be caused by
sharp foods, such as potato chips or fish bones. Treatment usually consists
of chiseling off the lesions.
Tori Treatment Option
The most important task is to confirm that these lumps are tori. It should
be possible to confirm this with dental films, but in ambiguous situations
other studies may be necessary (such as a "mandible series,"
a Panorex, or a CT of the mandible). Once the dentist has confirmed the
diagnosis, you should question him about the growth characteristics of
tori. This information might be well known among dentists.