Dental surgeons in Mumbai, India ended up removing 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what is believed to be a world-record setting operation. Ashik Gavai, age 17, and his parents looked for medical assistance after he had suffered from a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw for about 18 months.
At the Mumbai hospital, it was discovered the teen was suffering from a disorder known as complex odontoma, Dr. Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar, who is a top dental surgeon told the media. The condition causes benign tumors which are made up of small teeth and other parts of the gum line.
For nearly 18 months, Gavai had suffered from soreness and swelling in his right jaw. His uncommon condition involved the growth of the tumor located under his gums. The teenager’s father, Suresh Gavai, was afraid that his son was suffering from a cancerous growth.
Odontomas are structures which grow in a random arrangement and are made up of dentin, pulp tissue and enamel. The disorder usually happens in teenagers. The doctor explained that while they were operating, there were small pearl-like teeth, called denticles, that started to come out of the tumor one by one. At first, the surgeons attempted to count as they collected them but they grew tired after they got to 232 teeth.
Dr. Dhivare-Palwankar stated they were happy with how the procedure turned out but they did have to take a hammer and chisel in order to take out large fragments of a marble-like structure that had also formed in the boy’s mouth. It took nearly seven hours to complete the operation which was done on Monday of this week. The four surgeons took the odontoma out of the patient’s jaw bone, but the marble appearing structure was much harder to extract and that had to be broken up and chiseled out.
Now, the teen is recovering from the operation and his dental team thinks that Gavai’s case could be a World Record for the number of most denticles extracted during a single procedure of complex odontoma removal. The record number of teeth taken out at the present time is 37. They stated that they are going to get in contact with the Guinness Book of World Records and see what the book’s information gatherers have to tell them.
The doctors were able to preserve Gavai’s jaw structure, providing assurance it would not be deformed after he healed up. Even though the teenagers now is back to having a normal set of 28 teeth, he is not out of the woods. Doctors stated that an illness such as this could return, especially if one of the tooth buds or a fragment happened to be left behind somewhere in his mouth.
Dental surgeons in Mumbai, India ended up removing 232 teeth out of the mouth of Ashik Gavai in what is believed to be a world-record operation. The teenager, age 17, and his parents looked for medical assistance after he had suffered from a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw for about 18 months and they feared he had cancer.
By Kimberly Ruble