The now six-year-old fell was only two when she lost one of her front teeth.
But it took several different trips to different hospitals before the horrifying truth was revealed.
“There was a solid object in her nasal cavity. A CT confirmed it to be a tooth measuring 2 centimetres,” ENT, Dr Qin Xiaowen at Xi’an Third People’s Hospital said.
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. She lost one of her teeth, but they never found it and thought it had fallen out somewhere… that is until she told them about a discomfort in her nose,” Dr Qin said.
“The impact of the fall pushed the tooth from her oral cavity into her nasal cavity. Only the root of her tooth was visible in her nostril. The rest of it was under her skin.”
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A six-year-old girl was complaining of discomfort in her nose and difficulty breathing. Source: Australscope
“The effect is dependent on the age of the trauma”
The young girl underwent surgery to have the tooth fully removed on June 22.
Wang Yanhui, head of the hospital’s ear, nose and throat department, described the case as “exceedingly rare”.
A British dentist contacted by Asia Wire said it is possible for a tooth to go into the nasal space or maxillary sinus if the trauma is severe – but it won’t continue to grow.
“If it was continuing to grow, then it was most probably the adult tooth. When you sustain an injury to a milk (primary) tooth, it can have an effect on the development of the adult tooth,” the dentist said.
“The effect is dependent on the age of the trauma.”
When shown the images he said: “It looks like something called dilaceration. Essentially, the direction of the trauma has caused a change in the direction of the development of the adult tooth, so it’s developed out of the nasal cavity.”
A CT confirmed it to be a tooth measuring 2 centimetres long Source: Australscope