Chennai dentists extract 526 teeth from mouth of seven-year-old boy

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After conducting an X-ray and CT-scan, doctors found a tumor-like growth along his lower right jaw that contained 526 teeth. The abnormal teeth, embedded in the jaw bone, were not visible from outside the mouth. The mass that weighed almost 200 grams had many minute teeth, and a few medium-sized and big teeth. On Wednesday, the boy climbed on to his father's arms and shyly smiled at the flashing media cameras.

"No pain", he said, touching his slightly swollen jaw.

At that point, doctors determined surgery was necessary to treat the rare condition. It took five long hours for the doctors to remove all the minute teeth from the sack. "It took five hours to remove all the minute teeth".

"Though the cause of the condition is not known, genetics could be one of the reasons", Dr. Ramani said. "Even the smallest piece had a crown, root and an enamel coating like a tooth", Prathibha Ramani, the college's head of maxillofacial pathology told the Times of India.

"The teeth were in different sizes that varied between 0.1 mm to 15mm".

Seven-year-old Chennai boy Ravindranath with his doctors who removed 526 teeth from his mouth "This is not just about our surgical accomplishment. We planned a conservative management without resection of the jaw.", said Senthilnathan, professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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It's unclear what caused this to happen, but dentists believe it could be due to genetic or environmental factors, according to the Times of India.

He'd been taken to the dentists before with this particular complaint when he was three years old, but the dentists couldn't get him to co-operate with an investigative procedure because he was too young. It continued to increase in size until his parents saw no other option but to take him back to the dental hospital. "Then somehow we gained courage and went ahead with it".

"X-Ray and CT scans showed multiple, rudimentary teeth in a bag-like tissue".

In the end, docs were able to preserve all 21 of Ravindran's normal teeth - and the surgery was performed free of charge.

"We cut open the tumour like a bag". The boy will require implant for two permanent molars after 16 years, he added. There was a sac with tiny teeth that had to be carefully removed so that they didn't chip and break away. "His healthy teeth were left behind", Dr Senthilnathan said. "We have never seen these many teeth in any one site", said Dr Ramani.

Medics removed 526 denticles - abnormal teeth-like growths from Ravindranath's mouth.

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