Indian Boy With 526 Teeth Leaves Dentists Baffled

An X-ray and CT-scan of the boy’s lower right jaw showed a lot of rudimentary teeth following which the doctors decided on the surgery said PSenthilnathan Professor-Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the hospital

Indian Boy With 526 Teeth Leaves Dentists Baffled

A seven-year-old boy with an unusual medical condition has had 526 teeth removed from his mouth.

Ravindran was taken to Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Chennai, where he was treated for swelling on his lower right jaw.

The rare lesion was termed "compound odontome". The Doctors then chose to perform surgery.

Doctors said it took mere moments to get permission to perform surgery from his parents but their son Ravindranath required several hours of cajoling before giving in.

Speaking to CNN, Doctor Prathiba Ramani, the head of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Saveetha Dental College and Hospital said that there were a total of 526 teeth ranging from 0.1 millimeters (.004 inches) to 15 millimeters (0.6 inches).

In 2014, a similar case was reported in India when a teenager had 232 teeth removed in a seven-hour surgery.

When his parents - mom Rajakumari, 33, and father Parbhu, 40 - took their increasingly distressed little boy to Saveetha Dental College earlier this month, doctors discovered something far more disturbing: 526 teeth embedded in his tiny jawbone. "Even the smallest piece had a crown, root and an enamel coating like a tooth", she said. In the pathologists' own words "it was reminiscent of pearls in an oyster".

"Under general anesthesia, we drilled into the jaw from the top", he said.

In Ravindrath's case, all has turned out well; the boy now has a healthy count of 21 teeth, Dr. Senthilnathan said. "He may not have the two molars on his right lower jaw".

According to the New Indian Express, dentists expect that the only long-term side effect is that the boy may require molar implants when he turns 16.

On Wednesday, dentists said the cause of the condition could be either genetic or environmental. The teeth, which are not visible outside the mouth, had to be surgically removed.

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