At some point in time we all stand in the mirror and take a close look at ourselves so its no surprise if you taken time one day to observe your mouth. Some of us like to ensure our teeth look clean and white while others search to ensure that there is nothing wrong. Have you ever looked at your mouth, especially near your gum line, and found what looks to be boney growths? If so you more than likely suffer from “tori,” a condition that is also known as exostosis. The condition is very common in patients who have TMJ disorder but have not sought treatment. It is also seen in patients who suffer from malocclusion.

Tori – The Cause And Treatment

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.

a torus or single instance of bone growth (torus)

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. Click here to contact our Philadelphia dental office today.