Think you have a few extra teeth? Trying having so many that the dental operation performed on your mouth may soon be listed in the Guinness World Records. An Indian teenager had more than 200 teeth pulled out of his mouth in a single operation that lasted more than 7 hours!
Doctors in India have extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation. Ashik Gavai was brought in with a swelling in his right jaw. Little did the doctors know that the operation would not be a standard one and would involve more than one surgeon. Eventually, Mumbai’s JJ Hospital’s dental department, where the boy was checked-in, had to employ a team of four to painstakingly extract over 200 teeth out of the poor boy’s mouth.
Astonishingly, the teenager had been suffering for 18 consecutive months and travelled to the city from his village. Local doctors had failed to identify the cause of the problem and recommended “a good city hospital” for proper diagnosis and treatment, reported The Guardian.
Dr. Sunanda Dhiware, head of Mumbai’s JJ Hospital’s dental department, spoke about the unusual condition,
“Ashik’s malaise was diagnosed as a complex composite odontoma where a single gum forms lots of teeth. It’s a sort of benign tumor,”
Unless the surgeons literally dove-in, they were completely unaware about what to expect, continued Dhiware,
“At first, we couldn’t cut it out so we had to use the basic chisel and hammer to take it out. Once we opened it, little pearl-like teeth started coming out, one-by-one. Initially, we were collecting them; they were really like small white pearls. But then we started to get tired. We counted 232 teeth.”
The operation lasting over seven hours had the guy sitting patiently, while two doctors and two assistants probed and prodded his mouth, extracting what could be technically termed as teeth, but resembled rocks made of calcium, the basic teeth material, reported Health Render.
Ashik’s dental extractions obliterate previous the record, shared Dhiware,
“According to medical literature available on the condition, it is known to affect the upper jaw and a maximum of 37 teeth have been extracted from the tumor in the past. But in Ashik’s case, the tumor was found deep in the lower jaw and it had hundreds of teeth.”
Surprisingly, despite such malignant growth, Ashik’s father confirmed to the media that the boy complained about severe pain in the jaw only about a month ago and was brought to the hospital fearing cancer. Ashik now has 28 healthy teeth and a much relaxed jawline.
[Image Credit | BBC, Health Render]