This is the oral photograph of a lady in her mid-forties. She came with some dental problem –not with any complaint pertaining to this hard swelling present on her palate.
When i asked her if she was aware about this hard ‘thing’ on her palate, she told that she wasn’t. Since i had posed this question to her, now she got curious to know as to what that hard ‘thing’ was.
I reassured her that it is not at all a problem. This is just a bony deposit which is not due to any disease. It must be present in her mouth since decades but she never noticed it. It won’t cause any problem in future.
What is significance of this hard swelling? – This condition which you are viewing in this lady is known as ‘Torus palatinus’. As i told this lady this is nothing but a harmless type of bony deposit. When it happens inside the lower jaw, it is called ‘torus mandibularis’– you can see one of my posts about that by clicking on the link given below.
This palatal hard swelling is significant just to the extent that if such patients need full artificial dentures, then some extra care is take while fabricating upper artificial denture. How do i tell you about that care? — the dental term for that is ‘giving relief” — it means it is ensured that the artificial denture does not come in close contact with that hard ‘thing’ which can make the denture bit ‘unstable’.
further reading — Torus mandibularis can cause cancer phobia