New Delhi: According to the clinic in India where he was treated, a 7-year-old child complaining about jaw pain was discovered to have 526 teeth inside his mouth.
Last month, the child was admitted to Chennai’s southern town due to swelling and pain in his reduced correct jaw close his molars.
Dr. Prathiba Ramani, head of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, told TV news, when physicians opened and x-rayed his mouth, they discovered a bag filled with “unusual teeth” in his lower jaw.
An x-ray of the boy’s mouth shows the sac.
A boy’s mouthx-ray indicates the bag.
While last month’s teeth removal surgery took place, physicians required time to examine each tooth separately before they were able to verify their results.
Two surgeons took it out of the boy’s mouth after finding the sac.
Ramani’s team then took four to five hours to empty the bag to verify its contents and found hundreds of teeth.
The 7-year-old was released three days after the surgery.
“A total of 526 teeth ranged from 0.1 millimeters (.004 inches) to 15 millimeters (0.6 inches), and even the smallest piece had a crown, root and enamel layer showing that it was a tooth,” she said.
Three days after the surgery, the child was released and is supposed to recover fully, Ramani said.
Ramani said the kid had a very rare disease called composite odontoma.
She said it’s uncertain what caused the disease, but it might be hereditary or it might be due to environmental variables such as radiation.
The kid might have had the extra teeth for a while. His parents told physicians that when he was as young as 3, they had noticed swelling in his jaw, but they couldn’t do much because he wouldn’t remain quiet or allow doctors to examine him.
Some of the 526 teeth that have been removed from the sac are shown.
Dr. P. Senthilnathan, head of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the hospital, and one of two boy surgeons, explained the operation to CNN in detail.
“We drilled in the jaw from the top under general anesthesia,” he said.
“We didn’t break the bone from the sides, so there was no need for reconstruction surgery. The bag was removed.
You could believe of it as a kind of balloon with tiny bits inside.”
Dr. Senthilnathan said the finding showed that it was essential to seek as soon as possible therapy for dental problems.
There was an improvement in awareness of dental and oral health, he said, although access remained difficult in rural regions.
“From the beginning, things like not as many dentists, absence of education, poverty meant that there was not so much awareness.
“You can see individuals in towns have a stronger understanding, but individuals in rural regions are not as trained or able to afford excellent dental health.”
In the case of Ravindrath, everything turned out well ; the kid now has a healthy 21 teeth count, Dr. Senthilnathan said.