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Tori Ask The Dentist Chris McFarland Question:
Can Tori be cancerous?: I evidently have a Tori on both sides of my mouth. It does not bug me, but recently when I changed dentists, they suspect that I have a potential cancer issue.

They are waiting a month to watch to see if the two spots 'grow'. Can it grow this fast?

Do you think this is the right way to go? They think this might just be scar tissue ...Visitor from CA

Answer:
Tori are just growths of bone that can change in size over your lifetime.

I rarely suggest they be removed unless you are constantly irrirating them, like with a crust of bread that would abraid the tissue, or if they get so large that food debris can collect.

I don't think cancer is a concern.

It has been my experience that the patient is the one who usually initiates the conversation about removal because they have become an issue. I don't think 10% of the people with tori have them removed unless it is required for the fitting of a complete or partial denture.

They may grow, they may get irritated, but for the most part, they usually just co-exist with the rest of the oral cavity.

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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