The now six-year-old girl fell to just two when she lost one of her front teeth.
But it took several different trips to different hospitals before horrible truth has been revealed.
“There was a solid object in her nasal cavity. A CT scan confirmed that it was a 2 cm tooth, “said Dr. Qin Xiaowen of Xi’an Third People’s Hospital, ENT.
Even more shocking was how long the tooth had been inside the girl’s nose.
“Family members said the child tripped and fell when she was two years old. She lost one of her teeth, but they never found it and thought it had fallen somewhere … until she spoke to them of discomfort in the nose, “said Dr. Qin.
“The impact of the fall pushed the tooth from his oral cavity into his nasal cavity. Only the root of his tooth was visible in his nostril. The rest was under his skin. “
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A six-year-old girl complained of nose discomfort and difficulty breathing. Source: Australscope
“The effect depends on the age of the trauma”
The girl underwent surgery to completely remove the tooth on June 22.
Wang Yanhui, head of the hospital’s ear, nose and throat department, described the case as “extremely rare”.
A British dentist contacted by Asia Wire said it is possible for a tooth to enter the nasal space or maxillary sinus if the trauma is severe – but it will not continue to grow.
“If it continued to grow, it was probably the adult tooth. When you have an injury to a (primary) milk tooth, it can have an effect on the development of the adult tooth,” said the dentist.
“The effect depends on the age of the trauma.”
When he was shown the pictures, he said, “It looks like something called laceration. Essentially, the direction of the trauma caused a change in the direction of development of the adult tooth, so it developed from the nasal cavity.”
A scanner confirmed that it was a 2 cm long tooth Source: Australscope