When Ashik Gavai began struggling to bite and chew due to severe swelling on the right side of his face, he took himself to see a doctor.
After a number of tests on the 17-year-old from Buldhana, in western India, doctors discovered an unusual growth on one of his bottom molars and booked him in for surgery.
He was suffering from a condition known as complex odontoma
“Initially, it was not very clear what it could be and so we decided to go in for surgery yesterday (Monday),” Dr. Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar, head of the hospital’s dental department, told India Times.
As they got to work on fixing the molar they discovered hundreds of tiny teeth growing inside the tooth, which had grown to the size of a small marble.
“At the final count, we had a total of 232 small pearlies, all independently developing as teeth, coming out of that lone molar,” Dhivare-Palwankar said.
Surgeons believe it was a world-record operation. The most that had been previously removed was listed at 37. It took seven hours to complete the operation..
Gavai's jawbone structure was maintained during the operation so doctors expect it to heal without any deformities.
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