A man who shared an unusual x-ray showing he has a tooth in his chin has stunned the internet.
On Wednesday, Reddit user u/super9mega posted the image with the caption “There’s a tooth in my chin” on the forum r/mildlyinteresting, where it now has more than 49,000 upvotes.
Amazed by the unusual X-rays, internet users took to the comments to share their thoughts.
“Go and brush your chin,” one commenter joked. “Cool! (Unless it hurts, then that part isn’t cool),” said another Redditor.
But u/super9mega explained that the rogue tooth actually caused him no discomfort, writing, “The reason it’s still there is because it would take more effort and it doesn’t seem to do anything. I didn’t even know until I been to the dentist.”
According to Science DirectEmbedded teeth are teeth that have not erupted and instead remain completely or partially covered by bone, soft tissue, or both.
There are many possible causes for tooth failure – the most common being lack of space and obstruction. Where the uninterrupted tooth causes no problems, they often do not require treatment.
Occasionally, however, a dentist or orthodontist may suggest treatment options, including extraction, to allow for normal eruption or orthodontic movement of the teeth.
In another response to the now viral Reddit post, a woman shared her experience with the issue. She said: “I am an orthodontic assistant. I see things like this all the time. It’s always interesting!
“I think I’ve only seen 3 or 4 completely horizontal teeth that way (not counting wisdom teeth, that’s more common than other teeth), our office has always tried everything to get an erupted tooth back” to this , usually through something we call surgical exposure, where the tooth is pulled into place with a small chain that attaches to braces and overlapping wires.”
But when it comes to the tooth in the viral image, she said it was highly likely it would be left alone: ”Placement like yours is basically a lost cause to try and correct,” she said: “It would do more damage than good.”
Other Redditors felt a little strange about the X-ray image. One commenter said, “It gives me goosebumps for some reason,” but others just saw the lighter side and joked about the photo.
“I think you could call that an underbite,” said one commenter. Another added: “It’s like how shirts have extra buttons sewn on the inside.” One Redditor said: “Creepy. I like it.”
Another commenter said the unexpected tooth could be rebranded as a “chooth,” while another saw the bright side, writing, “Well, it probably doesn’t have cavities.”
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