The 22-year-old, from Saudi Arabia had frequent nosebleeds. The nosebleeds usually occurred after ‘minor nasal trauma’ – or rubbing of the nose. The patient also frequently had tonsillitis.
Upon seeking medical advice, the doctor noticed an ivory white mass in the patient’s nasal cavity. The mass was determined to be a mesiodens, the most common type of supernumerary tooth.
Often found near incisor teeth, about a third of mesiodentes actually develop upside down, University of Iowa professor John Hellstein told Live Science. In some cases, the errant tooth may even protrude into the nasal cavity.
Symptoms of such a problem include a blocked nose, headaches, nose bleeds, foul-smelling mucus and even external deformities of the nose.
The discovery of the tooth was particularly surprising because the man had a complete and well-aligned set of normal teeth in his mouth, Live Science reported.