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Tooth Pulled Out By Dentist In India May Be The World’s Longest


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A 20-year-old engineering student from Madhya Pradesh, India, recently had a trip of a lifetime to the dentist (yes, that sentence is possible). Pawan Bhavsar had been suffering from constant jaw ache, gum swelling, and blisters in his mouth, so he paid a visit to a dentist in the Khargone district.

After closer inspection, Dr Saurabh Srivastava decided to extract two of Pawan’s teeth that were the root cause of the problem. Nothing seemed particularly out of the ordinary until Dr Srivastava pulled out one of the teeth. 

At roughly 3.89 centimeters (1.53 inches), the tooth extracted on February 29 is believed to have set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s largest tooth. The record is currently held by Mijo Vodopija, from Croatia, whose 3.72 centimeter-long (1.46 inches) tooth was removed in 2018 by Dr Max Lukas at a clinic in Germany, although it was over a year later that the Guinness World Record itself was awarded.

For comparison, the two front teeth of humans are on average around 2.25 centimeters (0.89 inches), around 1.63 centimeters (0.64 inches) less than Dr Srivatava’s recent removal.

Since the extraction, Pawan is reported to have made a full recovery and no longer suffers from oral problems.

In other tooth news, a 37-year-old man who was suspected of having an impacted tooth actually had a giant stone in his salivary gland. The calcified mass can occur for a number of reasons but are typically associated with dehydration, smoking tobacco, or a mouth infection. Whilst not a great threat to your health, they can cause a fair amount of pain, swelling, and occasional infection themselves.

If you are still looking for stories to dig your teeth into, this man who complained of a stuffy nose actually had a tooth stuck in his nostril for 20 years, and this woman’s blood turned blue from having too much toothache medication.


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