What is that thing?
April 16, 2008 3:28am CST
I was just inspired to start this discussion, by another myLot member's topic, as this was a part of my response. A little known fact about me is, that I have an enormous torus palatinus. It is so large, that I could sell tickets to see it. It has amazed many for years. Do you know anyone with a torus palatinus? Do you have one yourself, and if so, are people shocked when they see it? Do you know what this is? Do you miss what you should have, in place of this, that most others have?
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16 Apr 08
Hi Minnie, Yes, it is quite interesting (apparently), although it's been with me for years. I've included a link in the response above. I wonder if our wise myLot grandpa has any knowledge of these things? By the way, there is one part of my anatomy, that I'm missing, because of this, and I've been quite jealous since I've been made aware of this. Thanks for your response.
17 Apr 08
I am hoping that 'he'll' stop by here, and impart this knowledge to everyone. I'm waiting to see if I get any more responses, and I'd love to hear from anyone else who actually has one of these, too. If not, I'll let everyone know about the 'missing part,' possibly in another discussion.
16 Apr 08
http://www.doctorspiller.com/sores_lumps_bumps.htm Hi gabs, It's great to see you here. Don't worry, you're in good company, as many have never heard of these. I've explained in detail about mine, in one of the previous responses, and have included a link here, as well. Thanks for stopping by.
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19 Apr 08
Wow...I was looking at the link you gave gabs and saw the photo...never heard of this condition and sure looks a bit nasty....does it bother you at all? Is it a genetic thing, I mean does anyone else in your family have it? Have you had it all your life or did it grow more as you got older? Did docs ever suggest removing it? It doesn't interfere with you're eating does it? Sorry for all the questions..but just curious..heeeheee
19 Apr 08
Hi pye, It is nasty looking for sure, and I didn't even know I had it, until my dentist pointed it out. The only time it bothers me, is when I get food particles trapped under the edges, but that's just more of an annoyance. I do believe it can be hereditary, as my brother apparently has 'something in the roof of his mouth,' as he puts it. I've never actually seen it, and he wears dentures. My first recollection of being told about it (by my dentist), I was in my twenties. One chairside assistant suggested surgery, as she thought it'd affect my speech ... which it doesn't. If I did 'ever' have it removed it'd be because it had gotten really large, and I've never noticed any growth, or if I need dentures, as they're hard to fit. The surgery would be done by an oral surgeon, but this thing is made of bone, and attached firmly to the roof of my mouth, so ouch. Finally, no it doesn't interfere with my eating, except for the aforementioned food particles. Once in awhile I'll accidentally stab it with my fork. This discussion has become quite educational, and I actually started it more for fun. You may want to check out my 'companion discussion' on "My Anatomy," as there are even more facts there. Thanks so much for sharing here.
19 Apr 08
well you got me I didn't know what a torus palatinus was so I could safely say if I don't know what it is I don't have one. I looked it up and I confirm I don't have one. Thanks for the education. I love when I learn new things from mylotters, and medicine and psychology are my best subjects, lol
19 Apr 08
Hi winterose, I had no idea what it was either, until years ago. I didn't know there was anything different from the inside of my mouth, to the average person's. My dentist first mentioned it to me. You're welcome. This is a great site to learn new things. I do have another related discussion, about what's 'missing' for people who have a torus palatinus. Thanks for your response.