Doctors at the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital of Chennai remained astonished after performing a rare surgery of a seven-year-old boy. The doctors extracted a shocking 526 teeth from his mouth.
The boy was taken to the hospital with a swelling in his lower right jaw, suffering from a rare case of “Compound Composite Ondontoma”.
On Wednesday, P Senthilnathan, Professor -Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the hospital said, “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,” he added.
An X-ray and CT-scan of the boy’s lower right jaw showed numerous rudimentary teeth following which the doctors decided on the surgery, he said.
“We opened up the jaw after administering general anesthesia 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 added.
The doctors said, all the teeth were not of the same size and that there were very tiny particles. To remove all the teeth the doctors took five hours. “It was reminiscent of pearls in an oyster,” the doctors said.
Pratibha Ramani, the Professor, and Head of the Department, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, said, “The boy was normal three days after the surgery.”
The case is the first-ever case in the world in which an individual has been found to have so many teeth, said the doctors.