I have a question for you. I just evaluated a lady who has a palatine torus located in the center of her palate. Have you ever known a torus to inhibit the tongue from achieving adequate suctioning during swallowing? I don’t know if this will be a problem with this lady yet, but just wanted to know what I may be up against. She has other OM problems that I will be working on. Any help you can give me will be most appreciated. Thanks so much.
Hi, There are some maxillary tori that are large enough and situated within the arch in such a way that they certainly would be expected to inhibit suctioning and correct lingual placement. Very large ones are unusual. If she has a small one it probably won’t impede suctioning. Have her click slowly if she can’t immediately demonstrate a flat suction so you can at least “hear” her ability to suction. If you take a photo, I’d love to see it.