232 teeth have been extracted from the mouth of a 17-year old boy in India. Ashik Gavai had to undergo a seven- hour operation for the teeth, which looked like “small white pearls”, to be extracted.
Speaking to the BBC, Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of Mumbai’s JJ Hospital’s dental department, said “Ashik’s malaise was diagnosed as a complex composite odontoma where a single gum forms lots of teeth.”
According to Dr. Dhiware, the medical literature on the condition he suffered, is “known to affect the upper jaw and a maximum of 37 teeth have been extracted from the tumour in the past. But in Ashik’s case, the tumour was found deep in the lower jaw and it had hundreds of teeth.” Dr. Dhiware said she had “”not seen anything like this before in my 30-year career”, but was “thrilled to get such an exciting case”.
Ashik was brought in with a swelling in his right jaw, and had suffered for 18 months before travelling from his village to the city for proper medical attention. The surgery was conducted on Monday, and Ashik now has 28 teeth left. Doctors have described his condition as “very rare” and “a world record”.