Home > News 24 July 2014 Boy has 232 teeth surgically removed During a 7-hour operation, Ashik Gavai had a record-breaking 232 teeth, almost eight times the normal amount, surgically removed. 3 The 232 teeth that were removed ~ A normal human has 32 teeth, 16 on top, 16 on the bottom. Throughout their lives people often have to have teeth removed for a range of reasons. Infection is a common, as is teeth putting too much pressure on those around them.The problem with Ashik Gavai, though, is that he just had too many. Way too many. 200 to many, to be precise.The reason for the 17-year old's hyperactive gums was, in fact, a kind of tumour. A very rare tumour that had stumped the local doctors in his village and was only diagnosed when the boy travelled to the Indian capital, Mumbai.Read: "Vampire teeth" warningThere, doctors determined that he had been suffering for 18 months from a complex composite odontoma. In this case a single gum produces numerous teeth, instead of just the one it's supposed to.While not life-threatening, the condition can be very painful as the excess teeth push against one another and the bones of the jaw.The previous record was just 37 teeth, Gavai's 232 shattered this record. Most of the teeth were not fully formed, but small, pearl-like objects encapsulated in a pocket deep in the lower jaw.The dentist in charge, Dr Sunanda Dhiware, was very excited by the case and claimed that she had not seen anything like it before in her 30-year career as a dentist. Read more:Laser tech prevents cavitiesDrill-free dentist trips around the corner How to brush properly NEXT ON HEALTH24X From obesity to a 100-miler running machine! 2017-12-16 10:00 More: News advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 3 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Fitness From obesity to a 100-miler running machine! News NSFW: Man with world’s biggest penis now ‘disabled’ News 10 freak accidents that killed people Diet and nutrition 5 healthier ‘adult’ ice lollies to eat if you’re watching your weight Medical Health dept on alert: This is why 800 000 homes are being fumigated News QUIZ: What would you do in these 7 emergencies? From our sponsors Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! Live healthier Watch out! » Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections. Holiday health » Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. Whether you are travelling or embracing the summer at home, make sure you plan ahead.