This 'impacted tooth' isn't a tooth at all

The diagnosis was like pulling teeth

This giant salivary stone was the spitting image of an impacted tooth on examination and X-ray, duping both dentists and doctors.


The 37-year-old patient had been experiencing acute, intermittent pain in the right side of his lower jaw and diffuse swelling when he was referred by a private dentist to an oral surgeon.

A dental X-ray showed the supposedly supernumerary ‘tooth’ jutting between two premolars and extending below the roots of another.

But an ultrasound showed a very different