I’m sure you’re thinking that I’m talking about my toothbrush.
Well, it’s not.
Ankyloses are the teeth on your upper jaw.
And it turns out that some people have ankylas, too.
It’s an extremely rare condition, and it affects about 0.1 per cent of adults worldwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a press release on Wednesday.
In adults, ankylos is a tooth condition that can lead to a tooth that’s missing, swollen, or cracked.
You can be as young as 18 and have an ankylarged tooth, or as old as 90 and still have a tooth missing.
“Ankylos can be a life-threatening condition that affects almost one in four adults worldwide,” said Dr. David Lippman, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of otolaryngology at University of Illinois at Chicago.
“[Ankylas] is often a symptom of multiple underlying health conditions, including chronic pain, depression, anxiety, or other emotional disorders,” he said.
According to the CDC, about 1 in 4 people have the condition.
It’s estimated that one in 10 people have had ankyls at some point in their lives.
But it’s rare for someone with ankyles to have a dental procedure done.
It’s also uncommon for someone to develop a toothache.
Dr. Jennifer Kallman, a dental nurse at University Health Network Chicago, said in an interview with ABC News that the most common procedure for ankyloss is an x-ray.
That procedure typically involves placing a pin or a metal rod in the jaw and taking a few micrograms of mercury into the jaw.
That causes the jaw to open up, and then it can take a few minutes to heal.
The most common treatment for an ankylos is a procedure called a maxillary root canal.
The root canal is a very small operation where a dentist can get a sample of the tooth, cut it out, and put it in a tube.
“That’s not usually the way a patient would have a procedure done,” Dr. Kallmann said.
“So the procedure is very rarely done in people with anklos.”
Dr. Lippmann said that most people with a tooth or other body part that needs to be treated, including the back of the tongue and the jaw, are able to tolerate the procedure.
If ankyyloses aren’t treated, it can lead the condition to cause other symptoms, like pain, bleeding, numbness, and swelling in the affected area, and the condition can cause difficulty breathing.
Experts said that it’s important to consult a dentist about dental procedures in those cases.
While most people who have ankloses don’t experience any significant dental issues, they can experience difficulty breathing and may require help breathing through an oxygen mask.
More than 50,000 people in the United States are affected with anketlos, the CDC said.
The study was published in the American Journal of Otorhinolarytic Surgery.