A man suffering from regular nosebleeds was found to have a tooth growing in his nose. The full tooth was found in his nasal cavity by the doctor examining the 22-year-old man for his nose bleed problem, according to E Canada Now on Aug. 9.
Looking up the man’s nose and finding a tooth surprised the doctor, who sent him to a dentist for confirmation that it was indeed a tooth and not a bone growth. The dentist agreed, as the X-rays showed the tooth was normal right down to its roots. It just wasn’t in a normal place, reports Mail Online today.
This was an extra tooth, according to the doctors, as the man had a complete set of perfectly aligned teeth. The man was put under anesthesia and the tooth was removed. This seemed to stop the reoccurring nose bleeds.
Doctors at the King Fahd Military Complex in Saudi Arabia, where this man went for his exam, have seen people with extra teeth before, but it is rare for one to grow in the nose. It is a mesioden, which means an extra tooth.
With teeth growing in the nasal cavity, you would expect this to be detected at a much earlier age. Usually the symptoms that come with a tooth growing in the nasal cavity are deformities of the nose and a foul smell coming from the mucous. Neither of these symptoms were present in this young man.
University of Iowa Dr. John Hellstein has been reviewing the case and said that while extra teeth are not unusual, finding them growing in the nasal cavity is. He said the picture taken by the doctors of the tooth in the man’s nose was the “most impressive intranasal photo I think I’ve ever seen of one.”
Hellstein said that one third of the mesioden develop upside down and can travel towards the nose, but to actually see one in the nose is a different story. He said that 3.9 of the population have an extra tooth and they can end up in some odd places, like this one in the nasal cavity.
He sees cases every year of an extra tooth, but to see it actually grow through the nasal floor is a first time for him.