Candidates have tori that interfere with their quality of life, or may be concerned that tori are cancerous.
As an elective surgery, surgical torus removal is only for candidates who have tori and wish to remove them for functional or aesthetic reasons.
An initial visit to a dentist is usually required in order to have X-rays taken and assess the need for torus removal. The night before the procedure, your dentist may ask you to eat a light meal and reduce your fluid intake the night before. If you are receiving nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or intravenous sedation, you will need to stop eating and drinking at least 6 hours in advance. It is also important to brush and floss your teeth before the procedure.
Disclose all medications you are currently taking to your dentist, as certain medications, such as blood thinners, may interfere with your recovery. Otherwise, continue taking all medications as prescribed by your physician.
Surgical torus removal carries the same risks of typical discomforts from other forms of intensive dental surgery, such as swelling, bruising, pain and minor bleeding. You may need pain relievers or antibiotics to combat pain and infection. Most pain will dissipate within a week, with full recovery taking 3-4 weeks.
Some dentists may offer pain relievers to prevent further pain and inflammation. An antimicrobial mouthwash may be used to prevent infection. You may need to avoid hard or crunchy foods while the site heals, for up to 14 days. Stitches may need to be removed a week and a half after surgery, or self-dissolving stitches may be used.
As with any surgery, a surgical torus removal can pose some health risks. Infection at the surgery site is possible, and adverse reactions to anesthesia may occur. If intravenous sedation is chosen over a local anesthetic, the risk of surgical torus removal increases. Amnesia, oversedation, and temporary problems with breathing are common risks involved with intravenous sedation. However, these are not life threatening and can usually be resolved by the dentist or other healthcare providers at the time of occurrence.