Though not every patient who has tori will have TMJ disorder and while every patient who has TMJ disorder will suffer from tori, generally the two conditions are connected. Tori can be caused by a misaligned or off-balance TMJ as with TMJ disorder, the jaw joint is put under an increased amount of stress and tension. Because those with TMJ often have a closed mouth position that torques the jaw, the body unconsciously tries to realign the jaw. The higher level of pressure on the teeth causes the jaw joint to create more bone material. The bone build-up is the body’s way to protect the teeth and to ensure that there is enough support to respond to the increased pressure and tension.
With tori, patients will make a trip to the dentist to have them removed. Through surgery the boney growths are rid of, but in some cases they make reappear. This is because the patient did not receive the proper treatment.
While surgery may work temporarily, the permanent fix for tori is TMJ therapy. With TMJ therapy the jaw joint will no longer be imbalanced and malocclusion can be corrected. This means that the TMJ won’t experience excessive stress or tension so that the body has no response to build up a thicker support in the mouth.
TMJ Treatment Is Your Best Option
If you have tori, you too may possibly suffer from TMJ disorder or you may just have severe malocclusion. In order to “kill two birds with one stone,” come to Dr. Siegel for TMJ treatment to correct any issues in your bite. This will also prevent the development of any other boney growths within your mouth that are caused by grinding and clenching. Contact our Blue Bell dental office today.