Doctors remove 526 teeth from 7-year-old’s mouth

Doctors have extracted 526 teeth from the mouth of a seven-year-old boy in a rare surgery performed at Chennai’s Saveetha Dental College and Hospital.

The child was suffering from a rare case of “compound composite ondontome”. Doctors said that the boy was brought in to the hospital with a swelling in his lower right jaw.

The parents first noticed the swelling when the boy was three years old. But they didn’t bother much as the swelling wasn’t much then and the boy did not cooperate with investigative procedures either. Later as swelling increased, the parents brought the boy to our hospital,” P Senthilnathan, Professor – Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery said.

An X-ray and CT-scan of the boy’s lower right jaw showed a lot of rudimentary teeth following which the doctors decided on the surgery.

“We opened up the jaw after administering general anaesthesia and saw a bag/sack inside it. The sack, weighing about 200 grams, was carefully removed and was later found to contain 526 teeth — small, medium and big sized,” Senthilnathan said.

It took five long hours for the doctors to remove all the minute teeth from the sack.

Pratibha Ramani, Professor and Head of the Department, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, said “The boy was normal three days after the surgery.”

This is probably the first ever case documented in the world in which in an individual has been found to have so many minute teeth.

Source : Various

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