14/08/2014 17:03 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Boy Has 232 TEETH Pulled Out In Seven-Hour Operation

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A boy had 232 teeth surgically removed in a record-breaking seven-hour operation.

The 17-year-old went under the knife after he complained of swollen gums.

But when dentists operated they found he had grown hundreds of teeth.

And despite the huge and painful extraction, the boy still has 28 teeth left in his mouth.

The Mirror reports that Ashik Gaval had suffered pain in his jaw for a year-and-a-half before leaving his Indian village and seeking treatment in the city.

The teenager was admitted to JJ Hospital in Mumbai, India, with swollen gums.

But doctors there found the pain was being caused by too many teeth growing from his gums – a condition called a composite odontoma - and he went under the knife on Monday.

Dr Sunanda Dhiware 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 tumour.

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"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."

Ashik's dad Suresh Gavai said: "I was worried that it may turn out to be cancer so I brought him to Mumbai."

The hospital believes it is a world record for the most teeth ever extracted.

Ashik will have his remaining teeth capped when he is fully recovered from the operation, although experts say there is a chance the condition could recur.