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Tooth pulled from man's nose

X-ray showing supernumery teeth.
X-ray showing supernumery teeth.
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After suffering innumerable nosebleeds brought on by simply rubbing his nose, as well as “minor nasal trauma,” as well as frequent bouts of tonsillitis, a 22-year old Saudi man finally took his doctor’s advice and checked into the King Fahd Military Medical Complex, in Dhahran, where it was discovered that his woes were being caused by an extra tooth rubbing against his septum. The discovery of the tooth was a complete surprise, because the patient “had a complete and well-aligned set of normal teeth in his mouth,” according to a hospital spokesman.

In any case, the man was placed under general anesthesia and the tooth was removed three months ago. Since then, his nose has healed and the nosebleeds have ceased.

Although dental experts have commented that it is not unusual for extraneous teeth to pop-out in unexpected places, only about a 1/3 of them seem to “develop upside down and travel up toward the nose.” Still, they rarely grow inside the nasal cavity. In addition, Dr John Hellstein, DDS, a professor of oral pathology at the University of Iowa, told LiveScience that he thought the Saudi man’s tooth might have been a mesioden, a “ malformed, peg-like tooth that occurs between the maxillary central incisors” and one of the most common types of extra supernumery teeth found in addition to 4th or 5th molars that form in back of the 3rd molars. Hellstein also commented that he was amazed that it took so long before anyone diagnosed his problem.

While no one knows for sure what causes extra teeth to form. Some believe they may be the result of genetic factors, infection, trauma or anatomical deformities. In any event, people who have them often suffer from headaches, have terrible smelling mucus, in addition to frequent nosebleeds, and may even exhibit malformation in the shape of the nose, itself.