The Reading / Listening - Tooth Extraction - Level 1

A dentist in India removed 526 small teeth from a seven-year-old boy. The boy had toothaches. His mother took him to a dentist, who found hundreds of teeth in a sac (a small space) inside the boy's jaw. Professor Pratibha Ramani, the dentist, spoke to reporters about the boy's surgery. She said the teeth were all different sizes, from 0.1mm to 3mm. They all had a crown, enamel and a small root. The boy suffered from a very rare dental problem.



The operation took over five hours. Professor Ramani said: "We had to drill down into the top of the lower jaw, make a window and remove the sac." She said the teeth were very small. Ms Ramani said the boy had lots of counseling sessions before his surgery. He had a very good counseling team who were very good at talking to children. The boy now has 21 teeth. He is doing well and does not have any more toothaches.

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Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/02/indian-boy-seven-found-with-526-teeth-inside-his-mouth
  • https://www.npr.org/2019/08/02/747614435/surgeons-remove-more-than-500-teeth-from-boy-in-india
  • http://www.maravipost.com/bizarre-indian-boy-at-7-had-526-teeth-in-his-mouth/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The boy had
  2. His mother took
  3. found hundreds of teeth
  4. a small space inside
  5. spoke to reporters about
  6. the teeth were all
  7. They all had
  8. The boy suffered from a very
  1. the boy's surgery
  2. rare dental problem
  3. him to a dentist
  4. different sizes
  5. a crown
  6. in a sac
  7. toothaches
  8. the boy's jaw

Paragraph 2

  1. The operation took
  2. We had to drill
  3. the top of the
  4. make a window and remove
  5. She said the teeth were
  6. the boy had lots of
  7. He had a very good
  8. He is doing
  1. very small
  2. lower jaw
  3. well
  4. over five hours
  5. counseling team
  6. the sac
  7. down
  8. counseling

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A dentist in India removed 526 (1) ___________________ a seven-year-old boy. The (2) ___________________. His mother took him to a dentist, who found (3) ___________________ in a sac (a small space) inside the boy's jaw. Professor Pratibha Ramani, the dentist, (4) ___________________ about the boy's surgery. She said the teeth were (5) ___________________, from 0.1mm to 3mm. They all had a crown, enamel and a small root. The boy suffered from a (6) ___________________ problem.

The operation (7) ___________________ hours. Professor Ramani said: "We had to (8) ___________________ the top of the lower jaw, make a window (9) ___________________ sac." She said the teeth were very small. Ms Ramani said the boy had lots of counseling sessions (10) ___________________. He had a very good counseling team who were (11) ___________________ talking to children. The boy now has 21 teeth. He (12) ___________________ and does not have any more toothaches.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AdentistinIndiaremoved526smallteethfromaseven-year-oldboy.Th
eboyhadtoothaches.Hismothertookhimtoadentist,whofoundhundre
dsofteethinasac(asmallspace)insidetheboy'sjaw.ProfessorPratibha
Ramani,thedentist,spoketoreportersabouttheboy'ssurgery.Shesaid
theteethwerealldifferentsizes,from0.1mmto3mm.Theyallhadacrow
n,enamelandasmallroot.Theboysufferedfromaveryraredentalproble
m.Theoperationtookoverfivehours.ProfessorRamanisaid:"Wehadto
drilldownintothetopofthelowerjaw,makeawindowandremovethesac
."Shesaidtheteethwereverysmall.MsRamanisaidtheboyhadlotsofco
unselingsessionsbeforehissurgery.Hehadaverygoodcounselingtea
mwhowereverygoodattalkingtochildren.Theboynowhas21teeth.Hei
sdoingwellanddoesnothaveanymoretoothaches.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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