Everything You Need to Know About Mandibular Tori Removal
Have you noticed a bony growth along the surface of your lower jaw closest to your tongue? It’s often nothing to be concerned about because it’s presumably a torus. Although these bumps, also known as dental tori, are nothing to worry about, they can interfere with eating and the comfort of your dental appliances. Fortunately, a skilled oral surgeon can remove the growth and eliminate discomfort.
Should I Have My Torus Removed?
This surplus of bone is not a medical concern, but it does not go away on its own. Over time, it causes food to become trapped and prosthetic and orthodontic devices to fit improperly. Consider having mandibular tori removal surgery under the following circumstances:
- The extra bone affects your speech
- It becomes difficult to chew your food
- You need room for orthodontic appliances
- You are getting fit for dentures
- Preparation for implant surgery
In most cases, tori does not interfere with your life, and surgery is not necessary. But when it becomes a nuisance, schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon.
What’s Involved in the Tori Removal Process?
During the surgery, the oral surgeon provides local anesthetic to help maintain your comfort. Some may even opt for sedation. Many tori removal procedures are completed using high-speed dental burs and hand instruments.
Another method used for removing tori includes using lasers. This procedure is not suitable in all cases, but it does make treatment more tolerable than traditional mandibular tori surgery.
Recovering After Mandibular Tori Removal
Immediately following surgery, you can expect some swelling. Your surgeon may suggest over-the-counter pain medication or prescribe something more substantial for pain management. Within a week, most of your discomfort should subside.
Get Started With Your Mandibular Tori Removal
It’s only sometimes necessary to remove these bony growths. The best way to determine if yours should be removed is by consulting an oral surgeon. Call Empire Dental Specialty Group today to schedule your consultation with one of our qualified oral surgeons!