Tooth extraction is probably one of the most painful operation a person has to experience for even once in his whole lifetime. However, how much more would it hurt if 230 of your teeth were to be pulled out?
Ashik Gavai was brought in with a swelling in his right jaw, Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of Mumbai’s JJ Hospital’s dental department said in a report by BBC.
Gavai has been suffering for months because of his teeth. That is why he traveled all the way from his village to the hospital to get the medical attention he needs the most.
The doctors at JJ Hospital has described his condition as “very rare” and “a world record.”
“Ashik’s malaise was diagnosed as a complex composite odontoma where a single gum forms lots of teeth. It’s a sort of benign tumour,” Dr. Dhiware said.
“At first, we couldn’t cut it out so we had to use the basic chisel and 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,” she added.
Ashik is now left with just the normal 28 teeth.
Dr. Dhiware even said that in her 30 years of being a dentist, she has not seen anything like Ashik’s case before and it really was a surprise to her and her whole team.
“According to medical literature available on the condition, it is known to affect the upper jaw and a maximum of 37 teeth have been extracted from the tumour in the past. But in Ashik’s case, the tumour was found deep in the lower jaw and it had hundreds of teeth,” Dr. Dhiware said to BBC.