Teenager With Rare Tumour Has 82 Teeth Removed From Jaw In Three-Hour Operation
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Nitish Kumar has been suffering from a tumour of the jaw - called complex odontoma - for the last five years.
The condition meant the 17-year-old had grown 82 teeth in two huge lumps in his jaw. For reference, the average adult only has 32 teeth.
Having been unable to get proper treatment, Nitish consulted doctors at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Bihar.
By then, his jaw was severely swollen and his face was distorted due to swelling under both of his ears.
X-rays revealed the huge collection of teeth sitting at the bottom of his mouth and doctors subsequently undertook a three-hour-long surgery to remove each excess tooth, along with the tumour.
The medical superintendent of the institute, Dr Manish Mandal, said Nitish's condition had worsened over the years due to a lack of proper treatment.
Thankfully, Dr Priyankar Singh from the maxillofacial unit - along with his colleague Dr Javed Iqbal - were able to successfully complete the complex operation.
The procedure means Nitesh is now able to move his mouth properly.
Brittany Negler, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, turned to drugs after her brother died when he was just 18.
The 29-year-old blamed herself and fell into a crippling spiral which saw her teeth rot.
However, when she went to the dentist to fix her teeth, they ended up removing them all and replacing them with oversized dentures, which made it difficult for her to eat.
Brittany said: "I went and got my records before I came here and it looks like they just made it up right before I came in.
"Because on there it says 'fixable by a root canal', but they never said anything about a root canal. They said my teeth weren't fixable; that they had to be pulled."
She said she was subsequently mocked on social media and decided to reach out to Dr Kenny Wilstead on Instagram when she reached her breaking point.
Mercifully, over a series of appointments, he was able to fit her with a pair of removable dentures and give her back her smile.