Dentists from the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Tamil Nadu removed 526 teeth from the mouth of a 7-year-old boy.
He was brought to the dental college after he complained of pain and swelling in the jaw.
When the 7-year-old boy was brought to a hospital when he was 3-years-old, doctors and dentists said that they couldn’t perform surgery on him as he was too young.
The swelling continued and his condition was undiagnosed.
His pain worsened and so did the swelling, left with no other option, her parents brought him back to the hospital, where surgeons managed to take a closer look in his mouth.
The dentists saw a large lesion and a number of hard structures on his lower jaw.
Further examinations revealed that the kid had teeth growing all over his jaw.
At first, the doctors think it was a tumor, but after they cut the ball-like structure in his jaw, they discovered that it was full of teeth.
The doctors counted a total of 526 teeth.
It took the surgeons around 5 hours to count the teeth.
Professor Senthilnathan, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Tamil Nadu, said, “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.”
He added, “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.”
But one thing that the parents asked the doctors is about what caused this.
Dr. Pratibha Ramani, a doctor at the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Tamil Nadu, said, “Though the cause of the condition is not known, genetics could be one of the reasons.”
The father of the boy, whose identity was not shared with the public, said that the surgery was performed by the surgeons without pay.
He said, “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.”