Torus palatinus and torus mandibularis: Diagnosis & Management
Aetiology and pathology: Genetic in origin and more commonly seen in women than men, they are bony, commonly asymptomatic and slow growing.
• Palatal tori appear in the midline of the palate and neoplasia should be excluded from the diagnosis.
• Mandibular tori are bilateral, elevated and lingual to the mandibular premolars. Unerupted teeth should be discounted in this situation.
Management: These hard tissue excrescences require no management as such but often pose problems if dentures are to be constructed in the region.
Palatal relief over the palatine torus will help prevent repeated fracture of the denture base, and careful extension of the lingual flanges in the mandibular tori region can avoid any potential problems.