WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 7-year-old boy underwent surgery last month to have more than 500 teeth removed from his mouth by dentists in India.
- The feat they said is the most number ever encountered in a single person, according to the Times of India.
- The extra teeth were contained in a bag-like tumor which doctors discovered during their examination.
An astonishing record of 526 teeth had been extracted by dentists in India from the mouth of a young boy- which they say, is the most they’ve ever witnessed in a single person.
Last month, 7-year-old P. Ravindran has had surgery at a hospital in the city of Chennai to pull out the extra teeth. According to doctors, the operation was a success. Now, the boy has 21 teeth which is just the normal number for his age.
The surgeons claimed they had never seen anything like this before.
“We have never seen this many teeth in any one site,” department head at Saveetha Dental College, Dr. Prathibha Ramani, told the news outlet.
Ravindran was brought to the hospital after initially complaining of pain and swelling in his lower jaw. Doctors who examined him later found a “bag-like” tumorous growth containing the extra teeth.
Dr. Ramani told the newspaper that the teeth resembled ‘pearls in an oyster’. “Even the smallest piece had a crown, root and an enamel coating like a tooth,” he added.
It took hours to coax Ravindran into cooperating and another five hours to carry out the operation, according to the doctors. But when all the extra teeth were removed, the boy told reporters that there’s no more pain.
A similar case was reported in 2014 when 232 teeth were removed from a 17-year-old by dentists in Mumbai. At the time, doctors called it a “world record”. Just like Ravindran’s, the case involved tumors in a rare condition called compound composite odontoma.
Following the surgery, Ravindran should be completely fine, said doctors, though he might need molar implants when he reaches the age of 16.