Published: Fri, August 02, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Indian boy has more than 500 teeth removed

Indian boy has more than 500 teeth removed

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.

Medical investigation by surgeons revealed the presence of a large growth containing multiple hard structures within the jaw. The rare condition is called compound composite odontoma.

Despite their success, surgeons said they had never encountered anything like this before. "It was ignored then as he did not cooperate. four years later, it took a lot of efforts to convince him for the surgery as the swelling increased", Ramani told PTI.

According to Guinness World Records, the record for the highest number of teeth found in a mouth is held by Vijay Kumar, who is also from India and has 37 full-sized teeth.

The doctors found the teeth in a sac, which was carefully removed so that it would not burst open inside the jaw. "They were packed inside a small sac under the molar region of the jaw bone", said maxillofacial pathologist Dr Prathibha Ramani.

Responding to queries on the possible use of Local Anesthesia instead of General Anesthesia, Doctors said, "Local anaesthetic is for single tooth removal, whereas a Tumor involves the jaw and we are removing an anatomical part of the body".

"Even the smallest piece had a crown, root and enamel coat indicating it was a tooth".

In the end, docs were able to preserve all 21 of Ravindran's normal teeth - and the surgery was performed free of charge. The boy will require implant for two permanent molars after 16 years, he added. The odd case began when the boy sought treatment for pain and swelling in his lower right jaw.

While the dentists were unable to point the cause of the abnormal growth, doctors said exposure to radiation from mobile towers and genetics were probable factors.

All the teeth which were removed layed out in the operation room.

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