The Reading / Listening - Tooth Extraction - Level 2

A dentist in India has removed 526 tiny teeth from a seven-year-old boy. The boy complained that he had toothaches. His mother took him to a dentist, who found hundreds of tiny teeth in a sac (a small, empty space) inside the boy's jaw. The sac was at the back of the jaw. Professor Pratibha Ramani, the head of the dental department, spoke to reporters about the boy's surgery. She told reporters: "The teeth were of variable sizes that ranged from...0.1mm to...3mm. They all had a small crown, enamel and a small root." She said the boy suffered from a very rare dental problem.



The operation took over five hours. Professor Ramani spoke about how surgeons removed the teeth. She said: "We had to drill down into the top of the lower jaw, make a window and remove the sac. As the sac was going deeper into the tissue, the size of the teeth was becoming very small." Ms Ramani said: "We had to take a lot of counseling sessions with the boy for him to undergo surgery. We have a very good counseling team who have expertise in dealing with kids." The boy now has 21 teeth. He is doing well and is not having any more toothaches.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tooth Extraction - Level 0 Tooth Extraction - Level 1   or  Tooth Extraction - Level 3

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. 526 tiny
  2. The boy complained that
  3. His mother took him
  4. a small,
  5. inside
  6. the head of the
  7. spoke to
  8. The teeth were of variable
  1. to a dentist
  2. reporters
  3. the boy's jaw
  4. dental department
  5. he had toothaches
  6. empty space
  7. sizes
  8. teeth

Paragraph 2

  1. The operation took
  2. surgeons removed
  3. going deeper into
  4. counseling
  5. We have a very good
  6. expertise in dealing
  7. The boy now has
  8. He is doing
  1. with kids
  2. the tissue
  3. well
  4. over five hours
  5. 21 teeth
  6. sessions
  7. the teeth
  8. counseling team

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A dentist in India has removed 526 (1) ___________________ a seven-year-old boy. The boy (2) ___________________ had toothaches. His mother took him to a dentist, who found hundreds of tiny teeth in a sac (a small, empty space) inside the boy's jaw. The sac was at the back (3) ___________________. Professor Pratibha Ramani, the head of the dental department, spoke to reporters about (4) ___________________. She told reporters: "The teeth were of (5) ___________________ ranged from...0.1mm to...3mm. They all had a small crown, enamel and a small root." She said the boy suffered from a (6) ___________________ problem.

The operation took over five hours. Professor Ramani spoke about (7) ___________________ the teeth. She said: "We had to drill down into the top of the lower jaw, make a window (8) ___________________ sac. As the sac was going deeper into the tissue, (9) ___________________ the teeth was becoming very small." Ms Ramani said: "We had to (10) ___________________ of counseling sessions with the boy for him to undergo surgery. We have a very good counseling team (11) ___________________ in dealing with kids." The boy now has 21 teeth. He is doing well and is (12) ___________________ more toothaches.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AdentistinIndiahasremoved526tinyteethfromaseven-year-oldbo
y.Theboycomplainedthathehadtoothaches.Hismothertookhimtoade
ntist,whofoundhundredsoftinyteethinasac(asmall,emptyspace)insi
detheboy'sjaw.Thesacwasatthebackofthejaw.ProfessorPratibhaRa
mani,theheadofthedentaldepartment,spoketoreportersaboutthebo
y'ssurgery.Shetoldreporters:"Theteethwereofvariablesizesthatran
gedfrom...0.1mmto...3mm.Theyallhadasmallcrown,enamelandas
mallroot."Shesaidtheboysufferedfromaveryraredentalproblem.The
operationtookoverfivehours.ProfessorRamanispokeabouthowsurge
onsremovedtheteeth.Shesaid:"Wehadtodrilldownintothetopofthelo
werjaw,makeawindowandremovethesac.Asthesacwasgoingdeeperi
ntothetissue,thesizeoftheteethwasbecomingverysmall."MsRamanis
aid:"Wehadtotakealotofcounselingsessionswiththeboyforhimtound
ergosurgery.Wehaveaverygoodcounselingteamwhohaveexpertisei
ndealingwithkids."Theboynowhas21teeth.Heisdoingwellandisnotha
vinganymoretoothaches.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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