A boy with 232 teeth in his mouth

For the first time in the world a 17 year old teenage boy, Ashik Gavai has found with 232 teeth in his mouth from India and the dental surgeons have been able to remove all 232 teeth in his mouth after the 7 hour operation.

Ashik Gavai, a boy with 232 teeth in his mouth

Before 18 months Ashik had been suffering from a pain and swelling in his right lower jaw. But the doctors in his village were not able to identify the cause to the problem with him. After that he was admitted to the J.J. Hospital in Mumbai and doctors diagnosed his problem as a complex composite odontoma where a single gum forms lots of teeth. Further doctors said that it’s a sort of benign tumour, and a very rare case too.

Teeth was put on display after the operation

Doctor Dhiware said that “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,” she added.

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 tumour in the past. But in Ashik’s case, the tumour was found deep in the lower jaw and it had hundreds of teeth.

Further she said that she had not seen anything like this before in her30-year career but said she was thrilled to get such an exciting case.

Ashik Gavai with doctors after the operation

Ashik-Gavai after the operation

The surgery, conducted on Monday, involved two surgeons and two assistants.

Ashik Gavai has 28 teeth in his mouth now instead of 232.
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