Compound Odontome

Scenes from the orthodontist's growing Magician Problem:

During the surgery, the operating surgeon noticed a well-defined bag like mass which was removed in its entirety. [...] On further evaluation by the oral pathologists, and to their utmost surprise the bag revealed 526 tooth like structures.

In the pathologists' own words "it was reminiscent of pearls in an oyster". It took 5 hours of meticulate searching to remove all the minute teeth from the opened bag like specimen. "This pandora box of miniature teeth is a jewel on our crown" said the postgraduates. The tooth sizes varied from 1mm to 15mm and each resembled a tooth with crown covered by enamel and a root like structure.

"They then arranged the teeth into a Summoning Grid to bind the elder thing colloquially known as the 'Tooth Fairy'", the press release did not conclude.

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11 Responses:

  1. smammy says:

    The Tooth Child would not be pleased.

  2. Penguin Pete says:

    As soon as I saw this story, I knew jwz would be all over it.

  3. Lloyd says:

    That kid needs to get a LOT of money under his pillow.

  4. margaret says:

    Those look like some pretty rusty tooth pulling instruments.

    • Glaurung says:

      Those tweezers putting the teeth in a circle are pathologist's tweezers. the article makes it clear the surgeons cut the sack of teeth out without opening it, and it was the pathologists who opened it up and made the lovely spiral design while they were counting the teeth trying to summon Yog-Tothoth (a little known cousin of Yog-Sothoth).

      • margaret says:

        Those look like some pretty rusty tooth pulling counting instruments.

        • Glaurung says:

          Medical pathology, it sounds glamorous, but the pay sucks and they make you use rusty old tweezers because of budget cuts. No wonder pathologists spend so much time trying to summon Elder Gods with arcane rituals involving objects pulled out of human bodies.

  5. xrayspx says:

    After she read this story last night, my wife told me that she too is a half-shark alligator half-man. Apparently she also had a sac like this containing 4 or 5 teeth removed when she was a kid. She actually thought she'd found x-rays of her case online, but that patient only had 3 wisdom teeth and she has 4.

    I'm a low-grade sort of terrified of her capabilities now.

    • margaret says:

      Sign her up for the corn-on-the-cob eating contest at the county fair. She'll be like Edward Fucking Scissorhands.

  6. thielges says:

    This is what happens when a bug in the DNA code does not properly decrement the depth parameter. A telomere fault.

  7. MC says:

    "When he finally turned to face Randy, he had this priest-like aura about him, a kind of holy ecstasy, a feeling of cosmic symmetry revealed, as if Randy's jaw, and his brilliant oral surgery brain, had been carved out by the architect of the Universe fifteen billion years ago specifically so that they could run into each other, here and now, in front of this light box. He did not say anything like, "Randy let me just show you how close the roots of this one tooth are to the bundle of nerves that distinguishes you from a marmoset," or "My schedule is incredibly full and I was thinking of going into the real estate business anyway," or "Just a second while I call my lawyer." He didn't even say anything like, "Wow, those suckers are really in deep." The young brilliant oral surgeon just said, "Okay," stood there awkwardly for a few moments, and then walked out of the room in a display of social ineptness that totally cemented Randy's faith in him."

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