WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A man who sought medical help after losing his sense of smell was stunned to find out that a tooth was growing inside his nose.
- After a CT scan was performed, a mass was discovered in the 59-year-old patient’s nasal cavity.
- Initially suspected as a dermoid cyst, the stray tooth was removed and the man recovers his sense of smell.
Hyperdontia is a condition of having many teeth. There are about 4% of people who have more teeth than normal. But, the extra teeth are typically found in people’s mouths. That’s why doctors were surprised to discover a tooth growing inside a man’s nose.
The 22-year-old patient sought medical help due to frequent nosebleeds he experiences for 3 years. Nosebleeds are usually caused by infections or minor injuries to the tiny blood vessels lining the inside of your nose. But the man’s nose was discovered to have a white bony mass coming out of the floor of the nose.
After inspections, dentists consulted have concluded that the strange white lump was a supernumerary (extra) tooth that had erupted inside his nose. According to the report published in the American Journal of Case Reports, the young man had a well aligned, full set of teeth in his mouth.
To remove the tooth, the patient was put under general anesthesia and the extra tooth. After 3 months, “his nose was found to be completely healed and the man no longer suffered from nosebleeds.,” according to the New York Post.
Dr. John Hellstein, a dentist who was not involved in the case, the young man likely had mesiodens — a common type of extra tooth around the incisors.
“About a third of those actually develop upside down, and they can get rerouted upward, towards the nose,” Hellstein told Live Science.
The prevalence of supernumerary teeth is difficult to report because excess teeth often remain undiagnosed if they don’t erupt. Add to that, extra teeth are usually asymptomatic, even those found in the man’s nose.
Likely causes of the intranasal teeth include trauma, infection and genetic factors.
Source: IFL Science