Surgeons Remove Over 500 Teeth From Boy's Mouth

Surgeons from the Saveetha Dental College in India removed 526 teeth from a 7-year-old boy's mouth this week, UPI reports. The boy's parents had first noticed the child's jaw was swollen when he was 3, but were apprehensive about surgery at his young age and concerned that it could be cancer. As the swelling worsened, they finally brought the boy in for an examination. A Saveetha surgeon discovered and removed what he called a "compound odontome," which was actually a bag-like mass in the boy's jaw. Upon examination, the bag was really 526 tiny tooth-like structures, "reminiscent of pearls in an oyster," the surgeon said. This was, "the first ever case to be documented world wide where so many minute teeth were found in a single individual," the hospital said. “This pandora box of miniature teeth is a jewel on our crown," Saveetha staff said on their website.