Mention that you have what is called a “Mandibular Torus” and most likely you will think of a problem that requires surgery. It is true that this type of growth is referred to as a “torus,” (or something that has two sides). However, for the rest of us, this term can mean something entirely different.
The word “motor” comes from Latin and refers to the action of chewing, and so this tissue is often referred to as the “chewing chisel.” There are several different types of radicular tubercle or torus, but they all perform in a similar way; they allow the lower jaw to extend or rotate properly.
Mandibular Torus Causes
So what is mandibular torus causes? In general, this anatomical structure exists at the bottom of the upper (or uvula) jaw, and it is responsible for helping to guide and anchor the soft palate and the lower jaw.
One of the more common reasons for its development is due to genetics, specifically to genetic factors which directly affect the direction of the rotation within the mandibular torus. If your parents, or grandparents, had this condition then you are at an increased risk of developing this problem.
However, there are other less common hereditary factors that could contribute to the development of this structure. Some of the other things that could cause development include nasal birth defects, facial asymmetry, jaw abnormalities, and the development of abnormal structures due to malformation or damage of the underlying bone.
The exact location of the mandibular torus is actually quite difficult to pinpoint due to its unique construction. It actually begins along the border of the upper jaw and then curves toward the lower jaw before curving back again. The upper jaw also has a small bony growth known as the Ischyzon or the triangular bony growth.
This bony growth only extends forward about one inch from the top of the nose to the base of the lower jaw. The triangular bony growth is what we refer to as the mandibular bone. The exact location and size of the torus will vary based upon the age, health, and size of your patient’s upper or lower jaw.
Dental Procedures Mandibular Torus
There are several dental procedures that can be done to manipulate the mandibular torus and correct any problems that it may have. However, these are generally regarded as being more cosmetic in nature rather than therapeutic in nature.
One such procedure which may be performed on someone who suffers from this condition is called the Google scholar bridge. For those individuals who may not have heard of this procedure prior to this article, Google scholar is a plastic surgery procedure in which a plastic “bridge” is used to attach the lower jaw to the upper jaw.
Google scholar is typically used to correct a sinus problem referred to as palatal atresia. The procedure begins by positioning the lower jaw in such a way that it will sit tightly against the upper teeth. After this is accomplished, the plastic “bridge” is placed across the lower edge of the lower mandibular torus bone. The “bridge” is held in place by several screws and plates.
The other procedure which may be performed on a patient suffering from a condition known as mandibular torus bifurcation is called palatal atresia. In this procedure, the dentist will make an incision in the lower portion of the tooth known as the palatal rim.
This will be followed by making a horizontal incision in the near bottom of the mandible known as the base of the mandible. This bone will then be folded inside the base of the palatal rim over the osteoid cartilage.
After these procedures are performed, a postoperative visit to a certified oral surgeon should be scheduled. During this time, the osteoderm will be reduced and the patient’s bite re-aligned. Many times the dental professional will perform a Google scholar search on the ailment to see if there are any published articles or forums where a patient may obtain additional information.
Sometimes, your dentist will recommend that you read online reviews about your condition to see what others have experienced. Performing an online search can provide some valuable insights into what your dentist may do during your consultation.