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Can Mandibular Tori Shrink?

Mandibular tori will not shrink or decrease in size unless you have it surgically removed because that is the nature of bone. Rather than shrinking, what it can do is grow larger.


Lower right mandibular tori
Lower right mandibular tori

Will it go away on its own?

It's impossible for mandibular tori to naturally shrink or go away on its own because it is composed of hard tissue, bone. In other words, it is not composed of soft tissue so it can't deflate like one.


What it is: Essentially tori are bony overgrowths that have formed in your mouth. They can appear on the palate (maxilla) or on the lower jaw (mandible).


two small mandibular tori

Perhaps the best analogy we can give you is a bone spur or bunion on your foot. They are both excessive growths of hard tissue (bone) which will remain for the rest of your life unless you surgically intervene.


 

Will mandibular tori keep growing?

Mandibular tori can be unpredictable because they can either continue to enlarge over time or stay the same size. Both outcomes are possible and the only thing that we haven't seen or heard about is the tori/torus shrinking.


It can keep growing: A common reason for people to have mandibular tori removed is due to their continued growth. As they enlarge, they can decrease tongue space in the mouth or begin to trap food due to their large size/position.


Mandibular tori grown to the same height as a premolar

The intraoral photo above shows a mandibular tori that has grown up to the level of tooth 20 which is the lower left premolar.

  • It created a situation where there is a small gap between the torus and the premolar thus creating a FOOD TRAP.

  • The patient often complained about food getting stuck between the bony overgrowth and their tooth.


It can stay the same size. Fortunately for most people, after formation the tori may not change in size throughout its lifetime. That means it can potentially stay the same size and hopefully not cause you any issues.


It will not shrink. Torus mandibularis is a bony overgrowth and bone simply does not go away unless you have some type of systemic bone disease such as osteoporosis. If that is the case, you've bigger problems to worry about than bony growth in your lower jaw.


 

How to shrink mandibular tori

The only way to shrink/reduce the size of mandibular tori is via surgical removal by a dentist. This treatment is a specialty procedure that is typically performed by oral surgeons so if you're interested in having it done, you should seek one out.


Procedure details:

  • Dental billing code - D7473

  • Description - Removal of torus mandibularis


What to expect:

  • Local anesthesia.

  • Surgical excision via drilling and chiseling.

  • Dissolvable or non-dissolvable stitches will be used.


Below is a video demonstrating the procedure by our colleague, Dr Alexander Antipov.



Ultimately, what this all means is that all DIY means are futile and you need to seek professional help if you want your tori shrunken.


Verdict

In summary, if you have mandibular tori or torus in your mouth, it will not shrink nor go away on its own at least not naturally. If you're concerned about your condition, you can seek a consultation with one of our dentists in Long Island City. We can give you a referral to have it removed if it is deemed necessary.

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About the author: Dr David Chen, DDS

Hello, I'm Dr Chen and I'm an actively practicing dentist in Long Island City, NY. I graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2016 but prior to going to dental school I was already working in the dental field. It's been more than a decade since I first got to know dentistry and let me tell you, time flies by quickly. Since then I've developed a fondness for writing, which is how this all got started!

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Medical Disclaimer:

This blog is purely meant for information purposes and should not be used as medical advice. Each situation in your mouth is unique and complex. It is not possible to give advice nor diagnose any oral conditions based on text nor virtual consultations. The best thing to do is to go in person to see your dentist for an examination and consultation so that you can receive the best care possible.

The purpose of all of this oral health information is to encourage you to see your dentist and to inform you of what you may expect during your visit. Due to the unfortunate nature of dentistry, there isn't really any true home remedies that will get rid of dental problems. Roughly 99.99% of them require in-person intervention by a healthcare professional.

Hint: That is the reason why you can't eliminate seeing dentists in your life!

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