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German dentist pulls world's longest known human tooth

October 29, 2019

The Guinness Book of Records has recognized a dentist from Offenbach for pulling a 37-millimeter tooth out of the mouth of a patient who had complained about severe pain.

The world's longest tooth is 37.2mm
Image: picture-alliance/dpa/Max Lukas

On Tuesday, a dentist from the German city of Offenbach received a certificate from Guinness World Records for pulling the longest known human tooth.

Dr. Max Lukas had extracted the 37.2-millimeter (1.46-inch) giant tooth from a patient in nearby Mainz who sought help in 2018 for severe dental pain.

After pulling the oversized enamel, Lukas spent about a year submitting the necessary paperwork and having the tooth checked before it was listed by Guinness World Records. Almost three-quarters of the tooth's length was the root below the gumline.

Lukas said he would make space in his office for the certificate. "Every dentist in the world will read about this," the daily newspaper Frankfurter Neue Zeitung reported him as saying.

Read more: Indian boy has 526 teeth removed

kw/msh (dpa)

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