A 7-year-old boy from India has had over 500 teeth pulled out by dentists earlier this month, according to the New Indian Express.
P. Ravindran was suffering from a swollen lower right jaw, and was taken to Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Chennai for treatment.
Pratibha Ramani, Head of Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, told the Times of India:
“We have never seen these many teeth in any one site”
When the dentists examined the CT-Scan and X-ray, they discovered the boy’s mouth contained a “bag-like structure” with 526 teeth in it. This is a rare condition, know as compound composite odontoma.
P. Senthilnathan, a professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, told the New Indian Express:
“The tumour-like growth prevented permanent molar teeth growth in the boy in the affected side. X-Ray and CT scan showed multiple, rudimentary teeth in a bag-like tissue”
Doctors decided that in order to treat the condition, surgery was necessary. His parents agreed to it straight away but it took several hours for the boy to come round to the idea.
The dentists were lucky to catch the condition in the early stages, which meant the procedure could be completed in just one hour and a half. With the sac removed it then took the dentists a further 526 hours to remove the teeth from it.
“The teeth were in different sizes that varied between 0.1 mm to 15 mm. They looked like pearls in an oyster. Even the smallest piece had a crown, root and an enamel coating like a tooth.”
The dental work was a success, as the boy now has a healthy 21 teeth, which is normal for children of that age.
Ramani speculated on what he believed could have caused the condition:
“Though the cause of the condition is not known, genetics could be one of the reasons. The environment could also play an important role. We have taken up a study to see if radiation from mobile phone towers is a factor in such conditions.”
The dentists are optimistic that the only long-term side effect will be that the boy may require molar implants when he turns 16.