In a jaw-dropping incident, as many as 526 teeth were removed from the right lower jaw of a seven-year-old boy, a team of surgeons at Saveetha Dental College and Hospital claimed on Wednesday. They also said that this was the first such case to be documented worldwide.
It all started when the boy was three years old. His parents noticed small swelling at the right lower jaw. Soon they took him to a government hospital but everything was normal.
The swelling then started increasing, and there was no permanent tooth on this side till the age of 7, doctors told reporters.
Suffering from a rare case of 'compound composite ondontome', the boy was then brought to the hospital with a swelling in his lower right jaw
“A CT scan revealed multiple teeth that were pushing the permanent tooth to the lower end of the jaw. We planned a conservative management without resection of the jaw," Senthilnathan, professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery said.
"We cut open the tumour like a bag. We identified the teeth structure and saw it had enamel. Using stereo microscope, we saw the smallest bit that resembled tooth. Prior to this, the most number of teeth that we had seen was 26,” Ramani said.
Prathiba Ramani, Professor and Head, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology of the hospital revealed that In 2014, a government hospital in Mumbai extracted 232 teeth from the upper jaw of a 17-year-old boy.