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 How skipping this much sleep makes arguing with your partner more dangerous 2018-05-22 10:30 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 Lifestyle How skipping this much sleep makes arguing with your partner more dangerous Fitness Unlock your best performance with these 4 mindset tips Lifestyle SEE: How many people smoke around the world? Diet and nutrition Chef schools compete to produce tasty R15 lunch box Medical New rabies test could save lives and revolutionise treatment Medical 7 mistakes that can impact your blood pressure reading From our sponsors Win a R1 500 hamper with Alpecin Hypertension Consumer Fact Sheet Understanding diabetes self-management WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Live healthier Mental health & your work » How open are you about mental illness in the workplace? Mental health in the workplace – what you can do to help If you know that one of your colleagues suffers from a mental illness, would you be able to help them at work? Maligay Govender offers some helpful mental health "first aid" tips. Sleep & You » Sleep vs. no sleep Diagnosis of insomnia 6 things that are sabotaging your sleep Kick these shut-eye killers to the kerb and make your whole life better – overnight.