Mandibular torus is caused by excessive bone growth on the upper or lower gum lines. This results from bruxism, oral trauma from old sports injuries, or simply genetics. The excess bone stretches the gum and nerve tissue, exposing sensitive axions, which can become irritated. If you have painful mandibular torus in your mouth, use excessive care not to injure the sensitive gum tissue surrounding them, and keep up good oral hygiene to prevent a painful infection from forming.
What Makes Mandibular Tori Hurt?
The stretched tori gum tissue will hurt when cut, bruised, irritated by dentures, food, or braces. In extremely rare cases, tori can grow big enough to touch each other, causing irritation and infection. If your mandibular torus has grown big enough to rub together, or interferes denture fit, talking, or eating, contact your dentist to schedule a tori removal surgery.
How to Keep Mandibular Torus From Hurting:
1.) Avoid eating hard, sharp, or acidic gum irritating foods. Avoid chips, crackers, and acidic foods such as lime juice or chili sauce, while you're experiencing a flare up.
2.) Avoid small, hard foods that can become trapped in the tori. This includes small chocolates like MNM's, nuts, mints, and other hard candies.
3.) Keep up a good oral hygiene routine. While traditional flossing and brushing around the torus may be impossible, there are ways to keep your gumline healthy. Use a Waterpik after brushing to wash under the tori with warm, salinated water. This will prevent painful dental abscesses and gum reducing gingivitis.
4.) Use a medium bristle toothbrush. Hard bristles will irritate the torus, while super soft bristles lack proper brushing power, and ability to clean between teeth. Good toothbrushes for mandibular torus are the gum butler, and oral B advanced care toothbrushes.
Mandibular Torus Surgery
If mandibular torus remains chronically painful, schedule removal surgery with your orthodontist. Surgery involves sedation with local or general anesthesia gas, bone exposure, and the use of a grinder to smooth down the gum line. Mandibular torus generally does not grow back, and the surgery is affordable, costing under $2,000 in most areas.