This Kid Had 526 Teeth Removed And Now The Tooth Fairy's Broke

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Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.

Remember when you were a little kid and losing a tooth was *literally* the highlight of your life because it meant you’d wake up with a gold coin under your pillow?

Well, for a seven-year-old boy in India it (technically) meant 526 gold coins. 

According to the Times of India, Chennai local Ravindranath was taken to the dentist after his parents noticed how swollen his right cheek was and suspected symptoms of a decayed tooth.

Turns out the little boy actually had 526 (!!!) teeth tucked inside his lower jaw that had to be surgically removed.

You can take a moment to process this. 

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Luckily, the dentists were able to remove the teeth, arrange them in a strangely beautiful spiral formation, and retain all 21 of Ravindranath’s normal chompers. 

“The teeth were in different sizes that varied between 0.1mm to 15mm,” said college head of maxillofacial pathologist Dr Prathibha Ramani.

“They looked like pearls in an oyster. Even the smallest pieces had a crown, root and an enamel coating like a tooth.”

While the doctors couldn’t work out what caused the strange growth, they suspected it could have been from radiation from mobile towers, or genetic causes.

“Biopsy results showed it was just abnormal growth,” Dr. Ramani said. “There could be a strong genetic connect but we cannot rule out environmental factors such as radiation from mobile towers.”

After conducting a study of 250 people living close to mobile towers, college researchers found that “at least 10% of people had micronuclei changes in their cells. This change can cause controlled or uncontrolled multiplication of cells and diseases.”

“We may have to do a larger study to prove the link between mobile towers and micronuclei changes,” Dr. Ramani said. 

Thankfully, Ravindranath recovered from his surgery and told the media he’s feeling “no pain.” Which means the tooth fairy needs to cough up, stat. 

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Written By Kate Venman