More than 500 teeth have been removed from a child’s mouth in India, doctors said. 

The seven-year-old boy had complained to his parents since the age of three that he had a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw.

After four years of discomfort, doctors in Chennai discovered a large growth within his jaw.

The teeth were of varying size
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The teeth were of varying size
More than 500 teeth were removed from the boy's mouth
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More than 500 teeth were removed from the boy’s mouth
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Hundreds of hard structures were found within the lump, which was around five by three centimetres in size.

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Once it had been removed, medical staff cut it open and found 526 teeth of varying sizes inside.

The seven-year-old complained of a swelling in his mouth
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The seven-year-old complained of a swelling in his mouth

Dental surgeon Dr Senthilnathan said: “The tumour is very nicely demarcated from rest of the bone and it’s a four-to-five centimetre into three centimetre size in the right side of the lower jaw that is completely removed and taken out.

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“Then the tumour mass was given to the histopathology department, then finally we come to know that there was 526 teeth which were present in the entire sac.”

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The growth was identified as a compound composite odontoma.

A photo and an x-ray of the mass containing the teeth were taken
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A photo and an x-ray of the mass containing the teeth were taken

In a similar case from 2014, 232 teeth were removed from the mouth of a Mumbai teen.

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