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Should You Worry About Bony Growths in Your Mouth?


Posted on 4/1/2024 by Weo Admin
handsome Black man with a fabulous smileSometimes, bony lumps or bumps can develop in the mouth, often on the roof of the mouth near the gumline or inside the lower jawbone. These growths are commonly called tori or exostoses. In most cases, they are not dangerous and do not cause any real harm to your oral health. They can vary in size and shape but usually do not need treatment unless they are causing pain or making it hard to eat, speak, or do other mouth functions normally. There are a few different reasons why these bony growths might form, even though the exact causes are not fully understood.

Malocclusion


Having a misaligned bite, called malocclusion, can sometimes lead to bony mouth growths. When your bite does not fit together properly, it puts uneven pressure on different areas of your jaws. Some spots take on more force than others. Your body may try to adjust and realign the bite, causing constant tension and stress on the jawbone over time. To protect the teeth, your body might start building up extra bony material in those areas, forming lumps and bumps.

Calcium Deposits


Calcium deposits refer to hardened areas of calcium accumulation that can lead to the formation of bony growths in the jawbone following damage to the bone or surrounding tissues. When an injury occurs, calcium is mobilized to the site to aid in the repair process. However, in certain instances, an excess of calcium is directed to the injured area. This surplus calcium remains at the site and gradually solidifies into a bony growth.

Bone Spurs


Bone spurs are smooth, bony projections that can develop along the edges of bones, especially where two bones meet and rub together. They form when your body tries to repair damage to the bone or cartilage in that area. While common in arthritis, bone spurs in the mouth do not usually damage teeth.

Feel free to come see us if you have any other questions about these bony mouth growths and what might be causing them in your case. Our dedicated team will do an exam and provide personalized guidance.

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