A 7-year-old boy, Ramani had long complained of having a swollen and aching jaw. Surgeons at the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Chennai, India, operated and found 526 teeth crammed inside his mouth.
Surgeons at Saveetha Dental College in Chennai uncovered a “bag-like” growth inside the boy’s lower right jaw. And within that growth, they found something that surprised even them, they say: hundreds of tooth-like structures 1 to 15 millimeters in size.
Ramani said the boy was suffering from a very rare condition called compound composite odontoma
The tumor, called a compound odontoma, affected the normal growth of his normal teeth. Once the sac was discovered, surgeons sprung to action and extracted the teeth from his lower jaw.
An odontoma is a non-cancerous tumor which is a type of dental hamartoma. Hamartoma typically involves the abnormal collection of different types of cells which grow at a certain part of the body, in this case the lower jaw.
“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,” one of the doctors operating on the boy revealed as quoted by CNN.
The boy’s parents first brought him to a hospital when he was 3 years old after they noticed swelling in his lower right jaw. But the boy did not cooperate with doctors, so his condition went undiagnosed, the dental college said.
The hospital asserts that it is “the first ever case to be documented world wide, where so many minute teeth were found in a single individual.”