Doctors successfully extracted a tooth from a man who had grown in his nose. This is reported in the scientific journal New England Journal of Medicine.

Experts noted that a 38-year-old patient turned to one of the clinics in New York with a complaint of constant nasal congestion. The man was worried that his right nostril was constantly clogged. The otolaryngologist who examined the patient found out that he had grown an extra tooth in his own nose.

The study revealed a curved septum and a “hard white mass” located in the depth of the nostril. Computed tomography confirmed that the cause of breathing difficulties was a tooth. According to doctors, the appearance of a tooth in an atypical place is an extremely rare disease that occurs in about 0.1 percent of the population. Much more often, teeth germinate incorrectly — for example, in an inverted state — and fall out themselves.

As a result of the operation, doctors extracted a tooth about 14 millimeters long and 10 millimeters wide from the nasal cavity. “Three months after the operation, the patient’s symptoms of nasal congestion disappeared,” the doctors summed up.

In the spring, Japanese scientists found a genetic mechanism that can help regenerate new molars instead of lost ones. With the help of special antibodies, they were able to stimulate the growth of teeth in mice suffering from congenital dental agenesis.