24 Jul 2014

An odd dental case


How many of you had to go through a tooth extraction procedure? If you even for a second felt sorry for yourself, this story of a 17-year-old boy from India reported by BBC will put you to shame.

Ashik Gavai has been suffering a painful swelling of his jaw for over 18 months.  After the doctors from his village failed to identify what might be the cause of this and as the pain grew unbearable, the boy’s family worried that cancer might be the cause, decided to travel to the city in order to recognize the issue.

The issue identified by the city doctors, was described as a ‘world record’ and a ‘very rare’ dental issue.

Dr Dhiware, who was one of the doctors working on the boy’s case, said "Ashik's malaise was diagnosed as a complex composite odontoma where a single gum forms lots of teeth. It's a sort of benign tumor," and added “Once we opened the gum, 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,"




After a 7 hour-long surgery, involving 2 surgeons and 2 assistants, all of the boy’s extra teeth have been successfully removed, leaving him with a healthy looking 28-teeth smile.

The lead surgeon, Dr Dhiware said she had "not seen anything like this before in my 30-year career, but was thrilled to get such an exciting case"


Wisdom Dental fears the boy was not as thrilled but fortunately he now can live a pain-free, healthy life!