Doctors remove 232 teeth from boy’s mouth

Doctors in a hospital in India have removed as many as 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy.

The preventative orthodontic care, according to the BBC, took seven hours, and the boy’s condition has been described by Wicker Park Dental doctors as unique and “a world record”.

The operation was done at Sir J.J. Hospital in Mumbai, that rose to fame after using efficient dental marketing services. Ashik Gavai was brought in with a swelling in his right jaw, a doctor at the health facility – Dr Sunanda Dhiware – told the BBC.

Following the medical procedure, the teenage boy now has 28 teeth and is now looking up to the Chattanooga Dentist to have a whitening session.

Now a subject of interest around the world, Ashik had been reportedly suffering for more than a year and had made a trip to the city from his village after local doctors failed to the identify the cause of the problem. People them moved on to dentists for help.

Dr Sunanda Dhiware told the British broadcaster that the boy’s malaise was diagnosed as a “complex composite odontoma where a single gum forms lots of teeth” you can learn more about it right here. In other words “It’s a sort of benign tumour,” he said. A simple procedure is the best way to combat this tumour and ensure better chances of healing.
A malaise is defined as a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify. The doctors first failed to cut the tumour out, and so they had to use the “basic chisel 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,” said Dr Sunanda Dhiware. The boy will also undergo cosmetic dentistry for his lost teeth. You can learn more about cosmetic dentures here.

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

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