Torus palatinus is a common developmental exostosis or outgrowth of the bone of the hard palate that manifests itself in adults at about the age of 30. It is more common in women and is always located in the midline. It is an extension of the bone of the hard palate and and not a true neoplasm. It is benign and rarely needs treatment. Occasionally, it is removed because it interferes with the fitting of dentures. In rare instances, multiple tori grow on the palate, click hereto see picture.
Torus mandibularis is similar to torus palatinus and always grows on the lingual surface of the mandible, near the bicuspid teeth. Buccal exostosis grows on the buccal surface of the maxilla or mandible.