Tori are far more common in older individuals than in children. Now, tori
have a characteristic "look and feel," so if your dentist thinks
these are tori, chances are very good that he's right.
There are, unfortunately, a wide variety of "hard growths" that
can arise from the jaw bones. Some of these growths arise from the bone
itself, while many others arise from the tooth or the tooth root. we are
using "growth" in a very loose way to indicate "a lump that
does not belong." In some cases, such a growth might represent abnormal
development of the underlying tissue (bone, tooth root or tooth); this
would include bony growths such as tori and many bony cysts. In other cases,
a growth may represent a true neoplasm, or tumor. In the latter group, some tumors are
malignant (cancerous), while others are benign (noncancerous). Some growths
grow slowly (such as tori), while other growths behave in a much more
Thus, 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.
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 reduction procedure).