Chennai: Doctors at a private hospital here have extracted a staggering 526 minute teeeths from the mouth of a seven-year-old boy’s mouth, by performing a rare surgery.
Talking to reporters on Wednesday, Prof P Senthilnathan, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Saveetha
Dental College and Hospital, this was the first ever case to be documented world wide where a large number of minute teeths were found in a single individual.
In medical parlance, this rare lesion is called ‘compound composite ondontome’.
Though the boy’s parents noticed the swelling in the lower right jaw when he was three years old, they left it as he did not cooperate.
As the swelling kept increasing every passing day, he was brought to the hospital, where an X-ray revealed presence
of several rudimentary teeths, while a CT-scan showed multiple teeths.
During the five-hour long surgery, the doctors opened the jaw and found a 200 gm sack containing 526 small and
medium sized teeths.
The doctors carefully removed it and the boy was normal after a couple of days of surgery.