Simple Steps To Better Dental Health
space placeholder
Featuring consumer information from Columbia School of Dental & Oral Surgery
Oral Health Made Simple: Your Prescription For Knowledge
Small BoxAll About Cavities
Small BoxBrushing and Flossing
Small BoxFluoride
Small BoxMouth-Healthy Eating
Small BoxSealants
Small BoxTaking Care of Your Teeth
Small BoxTobacco
Small BoxYour Dental Visit
Small BoxMORE
Small BoxBad Breath
Small BoxCavities
Small BoxCold Sores
Small BoxDry Mouth
Small BoxImpacted Tooth
Small BoxSensitive Teeth
Small BoxTMJ
Small BoxTooth Discoloration
Small BoxMORE
Small BoxCrowns
Small BoxDentures
Small BoxFillings: The Basics
Small BoxGum Surgery
Small BoxImplants
Small BoxRoot Canal Treatment
Small BoxScaling and Root Planing
Small BoxWhitening
Small BoxMORE
Small BoxControlling Pain
Small BoxCosmetic Dentistry
Small BoxEmergencies
Small BoxFill, Repair, Replace
Small BoxKids And Teens
Small BoxOral Health and Your Body
Small BoxOrthodontics
Small BoxPeriodontics
Small BoxSeniors
Small BoxMORE
Step 1 Prevent ProblemsSimplestepsPrevent Problems
Step 2 Understand ConditionsSimplestepsUnderstand Conditions
Step 3 Explore TreatmentsSimplestepsExplore Treatments

go to Interactive Tools go to Parents' Guide go to Dental Drugs go to Ask The Dentist

graphic for Ask The Dentist showing toothbrush and question mark

.Image of a cadeusus
Q: I have ongoing torus (tori) growing all over the roof of my mouth and lower jaw. Could it be any relation to calcium problems elsewhere in my body, i.e., kidney stones and /or osteoarthritis?
January 19, 2007

Tori (singular "torus") that grow on the roof of the mouth are usually found in the middle of the hard palate and appear as a single bony growth. However, tori that grow in the lower jaw tend to occur as a pair. They usually are located behind the lower teeth, under the tongue, on each side of the mouth. Those that grow on the upper molars tend to occur on the left and right side of the jaw next to the cheeks.

It is not clear what causes tori to grow. However, they have not been associated with the development of kidney stones, osteoarthritis, a calcium deficiency, taking calcium supplements, or any health-related issue.

Generally, tori do not present a problem. As a result, many people are not even aware that they have them.

If tori grow large enough to cause problems with eating, swallowing, speech or the placement of braces or dentures, removing them might be recommended. Removing tori is a straightforward procedure. It often can be done in the dental office.

Once tori have been removed they tend not to regrow. However, in very rare instances they can grow back.

It is important to note that a dentist should always check all growths that occur in the mouth. This is a precaution to make sure it's not a case of oral cancer.

If you have not already done so, have a dentist examine the growths as soon as possible to confirm that they are indeed tori.

. .
Ask The Dentist Archives
Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental Medications
Endodontics/Root Canal
General Dentistry
Kids & Teens
Oral Care & Prevention
Oral Health & Your Body
Oral Surgery
Powered by Aetna Dental Plans

© 2002-2016 Aetna, Inc. All rights reserved. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before starting a new fitness regimen. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions. External website links provided on this site are meant for convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement. These external links open in a different window.