Chennai: Dentists of Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday (July 31) documented a rare case where 526 teeth were found in an individual's mouth.

Surgeons removed as many as 526 teeth from the right lower jaw of a seven-year-old boy weighing nearly 200 grams.


According to reports, this would be the world's first case where 526 teeth were removed from an individual after a government hospital in Mumbai extracted 232 teeth from the upper jaw of a 17-year-old boy in 2014.

The parents of the boy claimed that they noticed a small swelling at the right lower jaw while the boy was at the age of three. They took him to a government hospital, but it was undiagnosed.

"A CT scan revealed multiple teeth that were pushing the permanent tooth to the lower end of the jaw. We planned conservative management without resection of the jaw," the doctors at the hospital said after examining the boy's X-ray that showed a lot of small rudimentary teeth. The doctors also said that the boy would require an implant for two permanent molars after 16 years.

"We cut open the tumour like a bag. We identified the teeth structure and saw it had enamel. Using a stereomicroscope, we saw the smallest bit that resembled a tooth. Before this, the most number of teeth that we had seen was 26," Prathiba Ramani, professor and head, department of oral and maxillofacial Pathology of the hospital said.