One morning last month, seven-year-old Ravindranath woke up with jaw pain complaints and was taken to hospital quickly. There, doctors told the kids parent, according to CNN, that x-rays disclosed that he had a bag in his lower jaw containing 526 abnormal teeth, 526 teeth. A team of doctors came up with an idea, which is to remove the bag. They started by emptying it out to verify the number teeth show in the x-ray.
Dr. Prathiba Ramani, head of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, told CNN “There were a total of 526 teeth ranging from 0.1 millimeters (.004 inches) to 15 millimeters (0.6 inches). Even the smallest piece had a crown, root and enamel coat indicating it was a tooth.”
526 teeth removed from Chennai boy’s mouth
The swollen right cheek of seven-year-old Ravindranath looked like symptoms of a decayed tooth to his parents.
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Another surgeon working on the team explained their procedure saying, “Under general anesthesia, we drilled into the jaw from the top. We did not break the bone from the sides, meaning reconstruction surgery was not required. The sac was removed. You can think of it as a kind of balloon with small pieces inside.”
Apparently, Ravindranath suffers from an exceptionally rare disorder known as composite odontoma. As for a cause, Ramani thinks it is either genetic or radiation caused by an environmental factor. Ravindranath was discharged from the hospital three days after the operation and is anticipated to come to full recovery within a short period of time.