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What causes a `Tora`?

02/06/2006

Question:

I went to the dentist for a sore, swollen spot on my gums. He said it is a "tora" and that they are not uncommon. What causes it and exactly what is it?

Answer:

He may have said "torus" or "tori." They are actually very common and depending on where they are, they may cause pain, etc.  It is a bone growth. Most of us have it and may realize its presence when we have a new denture sitting on it.  Then it may start hurting right there since extra bone tissue creates a hard surface, and the denture surface will push on the gums and cause irritation and swelling.  That is why as dentists, if we see them before the denture, we prefer to remove them prior to denture delivery.

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Response by:

Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University