526 teeth found inside Indian Boy's mouth
Surgeons in India have reported a seven-year-old boy who had suffered occasional toothache was found to have 526 teeth inside his jaw. The teeth were found inside a sac that was nestled in the molar region of his lower jaw. That was after the surgery carried out at the Saveetha dental college and hospital in Chennai.
The head of the department of oral and maxillofacial pathology at the hospital, Pratibha Ramani said that the teeth were of variable sizes that ranged from smallest at 0.1mm to largest 3mm. They had a small crown, enamel and a small root.
“We had to drill down into the top [of the lower jaw], make a window and remove the sac,” said Ramani. “As it [the sac] was going deeper into the tissue the size of the teeth was becoming very small,” she continued.
Despite the large number of teeth inside his mouth, the boy was not in too much pain, the doctor said that the only thing which was bothering the boy was that the tooth on that side had not erupted, it was empty, and he had occasional pain, and there was slight swelling that was increasing in size.
Furthermore, doctors said that the boy suffered from compound composite odontoma, a benign tumour. The condition is very rare, though in 2014, doctors in Mumbai extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy following a seven-hour operation.
The surgery in Chennai lasted about two hours, but it took experts 10 days to analyse all of the teeth. They are hoping to study them further by carrying out genetic tests.