232 teeth removed from teen in 7hr ordeal
SURGEONS in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, the hospital said yesterday.
Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw and the case was referred to the city's JJ Hospital, where they found he was suffering from a condition known as complex odontoma, Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar, head of the hospital's dentistry department, said.
"We operated on Monday and it took us almost seven hours. We thought it would be a simple surgery, but once we operated, there were multiple pearl-like teeth inside the jaw bone," she said.
After removing them, they also found a larger "marble-like" structure, which they struggled to shift, and eventually had to "chisel out" and remove in fragments.