Is torus palatinus a feature of a well-developed maxilla?

Cagirankaya L., Kansu O., GÜNGÖR HATİPOĞLU M.

CLINICAL ANATOMY, cilt.17, sa.8, ss.623-625, 2004 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 17 Konu: 8
  • Basım Tarihi: 2004
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1002/ca.20032
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.623-625


Torus palatinus (TP) is an exostosis of the hard palate. The biologic significance of TP is unknown. Our hypothesis was that the presence of a TP reflects the development of the maxilla. It has been proven that tooth agenesis is associated with small maxillary size. We investigated whether there is a relationship between maxillary third molar agenesis and the presence or absence of TP. The study was carried out on 253 Turkish patients. It showed a lower prevalence of third molar agenesis in female subjects with TP (P < 0.001). This study provides indirect evidence that development of the maxilla may be greater in female subjects with TP. (C) 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.