A world record 232 teeth have been removed from a 17-year-old India boy, a rare oddity caused by a tumor in the youth's lower jaw that caused significant swelling in his face but was not life threatening.
Doctors at J J Hospital removed the teeth during six hours of surgery. The dental department submitted the surgery to Guinness World Records for the most number of teeth extracted from an individual's mouth, according to the Mumbai Mirror
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Ashiq Gavai, who lives in a village in the Amravati region, had started complaining about pain in his mouth and the swelling began in his face, his father Suresh Gavai told the newspaper.
"I was worried that it may turn out to be cancer so I brought him to Mumbai," said Suresh Gavai.
Dr. Sunanda Dhiware, head of the hospital's dental department, said that type tumor normally happens in the upper jaw and produces 25 teeth, but in Gavai's case the tumor embedded in the lower jaw.
"While a few teeth were loose, others were in clumps which made it difficult to count," said Dhiware. "The tumor was an abnormal growth of the second molar which did not come out. It was also pressing on the wisdom tooth which we had to remove."
Dhiware told BBC News
that physicians had to initially use a basic hammer and chisel to attack the tumor.
"Once we opened it, little pearl-like teeth started coming out, one-by-one," said Dhiware. "Initially, we were collecting them, they were really like small white pearls. But then we started to get tired. We counted 232 teeth."
Two surgeons and two assistants, led by Dr. Vandana Thorawade, worked on identifying and removing the extra teeth, BBC News reported. The teenage boy was left with 28 teeth after the long surgery.
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