Dentists remove 526 teeth from the mouth of a 7-year-old boy
A 7-year-old boy in India had a legion of teeth removed from his mouth — 526 teeth, to be exact. The unusual surgery was performed at Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Chennai, India.
The boy was brought to the hospital with swelling in his jaw, according to a statement from the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital.
He’d been taken to the dentists before with this particular complaint when he was three years old, but the dentists couldn’t get him to co-operate with an investigative procedure because he was too young.
The swelling continued and remained undiagnosed for four more years. It continued to increase in size until his parents saw no other option but to take him back to the dental hospital.
The unidentified boy’s parents took him to the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Chennai because they feared a swelling of their son’s jaw might have been cancer.
Surgeons found a “well-defined bag-like mass” in the boy’s jaw and removed it during surgery.
After it had been scanned and checked to check whether it was cancerous – it wasn’t – they discovered a load of stuff inside. Once it was cut open, they were shocked to discover that it was full of teeth. 526 of the things, to be precise.
It took doctors five hours to count and corral each and every one of the minute teeth.
They’re strangely proud of their discovery though – it’s thought to be a world first.
The teeth varied from 1mm to 15mm in size, each resembling a tooth with a crown covered by enamel and a root-like structure.
Professor Senthilnathan, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the hospital, told the New Indian Express: “The tumor-like growth prevented permanent molar teeth growth in the boy in the affected side.
“X-Ray and CT scans showed multiple, rudimentary teeth in a bag-like tissue. It took five hours to remove all the minute teeth from the bag-like structure. The weight of the growth was 200 grams.”
“We gave general anesthesia to the patient and removed the complete growth in a one-and-half-hour procedure. He did not require jaw reconstruction.”
The boy’s father said: “The surgery was performed free of cost on 11 July. We were doubtful about the success of the procedure when they showed us the CT scan. Then somehow we gained courage and went ahead with it.”
The boy is ok now the teeth have been removed. The only lasting effect is the fact his molars haven’t grown properly – he’ll have to have implants when he’s 16.