A tooth inside of a man’s nose, causing random nosebleeds, stunned doctors in Saudi Arabia, who found the white, bony mass growing inside of a 22-year-old’s nasal cavity. The man had been suffering from constant nosebleeds and tonsillitis because of his strange condition. Doctors have successfully extracted the tooth, and the man’s vexing problem, at one time a little long in the tooth as it were, is now over.
Fox News on Aug. 8 reported that “after suffering from nosebleeds once or twice a month for three years, the 22-year-old man in Saudi Arabia consulted a doctor, who found an ivory-white, bony mass, about half an inch (1 centimeter) long in the man's nose. The doctors then consulted with dentist colleagues, who concluded that the mass was actually an extra tooth that had somehow ended up growing in his nose, according to the report.”
Dr. John Hellstein, a dentist and professor of oral pathology at the University of Iowa, commented that extra teeth – a condition called hyperdontia – is not that unusual, but the placement of the tooth inside of the man’s nose was extremely rare.
“It's an unusual case of an extra tooth — certainly, the most impressive intranasal photo I think I've ever seen of one. I've never seen the tooth actually in there,” Hellstein said, adding that a tooth erupting through the nasal floor is “unusual.”
While the placement of this man’s tooth is certainly strange, it doesn’t come close to a boy in Mumbai who had a whopping 232 teeth removed from his mouth.
The boy’s 232 teeth were removed – all at once – in a seven-hour tooth removal procedure. Now that's a mouthful! The Tooth Fairy would need a loan to reimburse 17-year-old Indian teenager Ashik Gavai and his sack of teeth under his lumped-up pillow.
Dental surgeons in Mumbai identified that the teen was suffering from a condition known as complex odontoma – a mouth tumor comprised of the same components that make up one’s teeth.