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Dentist removes 526 teeth from 7-year-old






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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.

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