An Indian teen recently had 232 teeth removed from his mouth, during what might prove to be a record-breaking procedure.
Ashik Gavai went to a hospital in Mumbai, India to get help for a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw. Gavai’s parents took him in after worrying the swelling was a cancerous growth.
However, when doctors investigated the 17-year-old’s issue, they found he was suffering from a condition known as composite odontoma. The discovery led to a surgery, which in turn led to an even bigger discovery.
“We thought it may be a simple surgery” explained Dr Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar, the hospital’s head of dentistry. “But once we opened it, there were multiple pearl-like teeth inside the jaw bone.”
The surgeons removed the myriad teeth but the work still wasn’t done, as they found a larger “marble-like” structure, which proved to be so difficult to remove that the dentists had to “chisel it out” and take it out in fragments.
Dr. Dhivare-Palwankar believes this may be a record since her team came across literature on the condition that only referred to a maximum removal of 25 teeth during a similar procedure. Not counting the structure, that’s around 200 fewer teeth than the amount the team had to remove from Gavai’s mouth. The boy now has 28 teeth, according to Mumbai Mirror.
As for the teen’s recovery, the team fixed his jawbone structure during the operation so that it’s most likely to heal normally and without deformity.
The family isn’t completely out of the woods however, as the condition may recur. One of the surgeons, Dr Vandana Thorawade, explained, “Though we tried our best to remove every bit of teeth, there may have been some residual left. In that case, there are chances of those growing back. We have told the family that regular check-ups and investigation are a must.”
Check out the newsclip above for more.