Doctors Remove Over 500 Teeth From Boy's Mouth

Doctors Remove Over 500 Teeth From Boy's Mouth

On July 11, P Ravindran, 7, was taken to the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Chennai, complaining of a swollen growth on his lower jaw.

The child, named as Ravindranath, was brought to Saveetha Dental College in Chennai after he complained of swelling in his jaw and his parents anxious he could have mouth cancer.

It took them five hours to remove the teeth from Ravindranath's jaw. The doctors chose to operate, and found what they described as a "bag like mass, which was removed in its entirety", according to the press release. Upon examination, doctors discovered a large benign tumor. "X-Ray and CT scan showed multiple, rudimentary teeth in a bag-like tissue", Senthilnathan told the New India Express.

"The tooth sizes varied from 1 mm to 15 mm and each resembled a tooth with crown covered by enamel and a root like structure", the college wrote. "They were packed inside a small sac under the molar region of the jaw bone", said maxillofacial pathologist Dr Prathibha Ramani.

The rare lesion with teeth has been confirmed as a "compound composite odontoma".

"Though the cause of the condition is not known, genetics could be one of the reasons", Ramani said.

The boy actually may have had the extra teeth for some time.

"The parents first noticed the swelling when the boy was three years old".

Dentists removed the "sac" in a one-and-a-half-hour procedure, free of charge.

Dr. Senthilnathan said the discovery showed it was important to seek treatment for dental issues as early as possible. "You can see people in cities have better awareness but people who are in rural areas are not as educated or able to afford good dental health", he said. Following the surgery, which did not need jaw reconstruction, doctors retained Ravindran's normal teeth and said he would require two permanent molar implants after he turned 16 years.

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