Nature is cruel. One genetic mutation causes one person to be bald while another person is hairier than the missing link between humans and apes. One unfortunate child suffered even worse torture as he was hampered with a rare condition that caused his mouth to grow 526 teeth.
A 7-year-old boy from India started experiencing pain and swelling in his jaw. The doctors did an examination and found that the child had a massive amount of teeth growing in his mouth — 526 teeth to be exact.
For those scoring at home, adult humans are only supposed to have 32 teeth and children are supposed to have 20. Are we sure this boy’s father was not an actual shark since some sharks lose 30,000 or more teeth in their lifetime?
The boy was brought to the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Chennai, India. Doctors needed to perform surgery on the boy to remove the hundreds of teeth. During the five-hour surgery, doctors discovered a “bag like mass” weighing nearly half a pound which contained the teeth or small tooth-like structures.
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Not sure why the hospital had to arrange the 526 teeth in a creepy circular pattern like it was some secret White Walker symbol from Game of Thrones.
Doctors said the boy was suffering from “compound odontoma,” which is “an odontogenic tumor comprised of calcified dental tissues which consists of dentin, cementum, and enamel in such an arrangement to resemble rudimentary teeth” according to Mosby’s Medical Dictionary.
“It was reminiscent of pearls in an oyster,” one the doctors said. Another doctor said it was unlike anything they’ve seen before and believed to be the most teeth in one person ever.
“This is the first-ever case to be documented worldwide, where so many minute teeth were found in a single individual,” the Saveetha Dental College said in a statement.
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The unlucky boy was first taken to a hospital for a swollen jaw when he was 3-years-old, but the young lad refused to let doctors examine him. His condition went undiagnosed for four years. One toothache for an hour makes me cry, could you imagine four years of hundreds of teeth growing in your mouth? It sounds like absolute torture. What a warrior this kid is.
On the bright side, the brave young boy should clean up if he puts all of his teeth under his pillow tonight. He might even bankrupt the tooth fairy. Get better little man and here’s to you having a healthy life of fewer teeth and less pain.
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