Getting a tooth extracted is never a fun occasion, what with the massive needle, the dribbling and the general indignity of it all.
And that’s just for one tooth. Now imagine if you had to have over 100 teeth pulled out.
That’s what faced one little girl, who presented at the dentist with 202 teeth fighting for space in her mouth.
The seven-year-old from New Dehli in India visited All India Institute of Medical Sciences where Dr Ajoy Roychoudhary, head of oral and maxillofacial surgery spoke about her situation: ‘It was shocking to see such complex situation in the minor’s mouth,’ he said.
‘Normally we see a few abnormal teeth-like structures in such patients; 202 of them inside the mouth of a seven-year-old is shocking. Our prime task was to get rid of it.’
The girl was found to be suffering from compound odontoma – when a complex tumour forms of normal dental tissue that has grown in an irregular way.
She had to endure two hours of surgery to remove all of the extra teeth.
Dr Roychoudhary explained that the operation was very delicate as a jaw fracture would have led to permanent deformation.
According to the girl’s family, she is recovering well and is able to chew again.