Results from a scan and x-ray done by Indian doctors showed that a 7-year-old boy had 526 Teeth.
The young boy was taken to the hospital after complaining of jaw pain that caused discomfort.
The boy was admitted last month and doctors found a sac embedded in his lower jaw filled with “abnormal teeth,” one Dr Prathiba Ramani, the head of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, told CNN.
“There were a total of 526 teeth ranging from 0.1 millimetres (.004 inches) to 15 millimetres (0.6 inches). Even the smallest piece had a crown, root and enamel coat indicating it was a tooth,” Ramani said.
They discovered this after they thoroughly examined each tooth. They later revealed that the boy was suffering from a very rare condition called compound composite odontoma.
Ramani said what led to the condition is unclear, adding that there is a likelihood that it could be genetic or as a result of environmental factors like radiation.
Dr P. Senthilnathan, head of the hospital’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department and one of two surgeons who operated on the boy, shared the procedure with CNN.
“Under general anaesthesia, we drilled into the jaw from the top,” he said. “We did not break the bone from the sides, meaning reconstruction surgery was not required. The sac was removed. You can think of it as a kind of balloon with small pieces inside.”
The young boy successfully got a healthy count of 21 teeth, Dr Senthilnathan said.
Dr Senthilnathan stressed on the importance of seeking treatment for dental issues as early as possible.
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