​Tooth In Man’s Nose: Patient’s Nose Held Extra Tooth Creating Nosebleeds

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Aug. 10, 2014

A tooth in a man’s nose is not common, but a doctor found an ivory-white, bony mass, about half an inch in his nostrils.

According to The Inquisitr, the tooth was causing bleeding in the man’s nose, which was the root of his health problems. He already had a full set of adult teeth in his mouth, so his body produced a growing extra tooth. Unfortunately, it never grew in his man, so doctors needed to extract it. It was a quick cure for nosebleeds that happened once or twice a month for three years.

The 22-year-old man in Saudi Arabia went under general anesthesia, and the patient completely healed, and had no more nosebleeds three months later, according to the report, published in July in the American Journal of Case Reports.

The tooth in the man’s nose in this case likely had a mesiodens, a common type of a growing extra tooth, which is found around incisor teeth. It’s not clear why some people develop additional teeth, or how one can erupt and reside in the nasal cavity. However, it is thought that genetic factors may play a role.

Extra teeth are not that uncommon, and may even grow upside down, but they rarely grow all the way into the nasal cavity, said Dr. John Hellstein, a dentist and professor of oral pathology at the University of Iowa, who wasn’t involved in the case.

Dr. John Hellstein told Live Science:

“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”

According to Examiner, “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.”

Hellstein said the growing extra tooth is surprising because it went unnoticed for such a long time. Somewhere between 0.15 percent and 3.9 percent of people have more teeth than normal, studies have found. Dr. John Hellstein says this was a rarity:

“We see several cases each year … But for it to have erupted up and through the nasal floor — that’s unusual … About a third of those actually develop upside down, and they can get rerouted upward, towards the nose.”

The tooth in the man’s nose has no known condition. However, an extra tooth is associated with people with cleft lip and palate, which is a facial development birth defect and is often repaired by surgery. It is possible that the surgery impacts how teeth develop later in life.

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