Published: Fri, August 02, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Chennai dentists extract 526 teeth from mouth of seven-year-old boy

Chennai dentists extract 526 teeth from mouth of seven-year-old boy

"The parents first noticed the swelling when the boy was three years old".

"Even the smallest piece had a crown, root and enamel coat indicating it was a tooth", Ramani said.

Doctors from Saveetha Dental College and Hospital claimed that the boy's lower right jaw has had no permanent teeth until now. "The weight of the growth was 200 gms", said P Senthilnathan, Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital.

It took five hours of meticulous work to remove all of the tiny teeth from the mass. A 7-year-old boy had developed 526 teeth in his lower right jaw.

The rare case was also the first of its kind for the Chennai doctors.

Several doctors and dentists were on hand to announce the successful surgery to the press on Wednesday. The abnormal teeth, termed compound composite odontome, embedded in the jaw bone, caused swelling and discomfort.

"Then finally we come to know that there was 526 teeth which were present in the entire sac", Dr. Senthilnathan, his surgeon, told Sky News.

The doctors found the teeth in a sac, which was carefully removed so that it would not burst open inside the jaw.

The boy smiled for the audience at one point, showing off the 21 teeth still remaining in his mouth.

The cause of the condition is not yet know but Dr Pratibha Ramani, a professor at the college, said genetics could be one of the reasons.

Surgeons told that the surgery did not require any jaw reconstruction.

"You can see people in cities have better awareness but people who are in rural areas are not as educated or able to afford good dental health". "We took him to a government hospital, but they could not convince him to sit down for tests". Doctors said that the round shadows were undigested tapioca pearls from bubble tea that she had consumed days prior.

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