According to surgeons in India, a seven-year-old boy who had suffered occasional toothache was found to have 526 teeth inside his jaw.
Hundreds of teeth were found in the molar region of his lower jaw, inside a sac. The surgery carried out at the Saveetha dental college and hospital in Chennai.
Pratibha Ramani, the head of oral and maxillofacial pathology at the hospital, states that they were of different sizes. They ranged from smallest at 0.1mm to largest 3mm. The teeth had a small crown, enamel, and a small root.
Ramani says they had to drill down into the top of the lower jaw, make a window and remove the sac. As it was going deeper into the tissue, the size of the teeth was becoming small.
She also states that despite the large number of teeth inside his mouth, the boy was not in too much pain. The only thing bothering him was that the tooth hadn’t erupted, it was empty, and he had occasional pain. Additionally, slight swelling was increasing in size.
The boy suffers from compound composite odontoma, a benign tumor. It’s unknown whether genetic or environmental factors caused the condition.
The condition is infrequent. However, doctors in Mumbai extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in 2014, following a seven-hour operation.
It took experts ten days to analyze all of the teeth, and the surgery in Chennai lasted about two hours. They are hoping to carry out genetic tests, studying them further.
Ramani says they had to take a lot of counseling sessions with him for him to undergo surgery. They have an excellent counseling team who have expertise in dealing with kids.
The boy, who now has 21 teeth, was discharged after three days and is doing well.