Radiopacity in the left mandible

Discussion in 'Oral Surgery' started by Drmario240, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Drmario240


    Nov 1, 2018
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    Patient presents to office one year after third molar extractions. Patient presented for oral hygiene visit and bite wing x-rays. The bitewing X-rays reveal a radiopacity in area of 17. Looks fully integrated. How do you address situation.
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    Drmario240, Nov 1, 2018
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  2. Drmario240

    honestdoc Verified Dentist

    Jun 14, 2018
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    I may take a periapical image. If I'm sure it is fully integrated to bone (not in soft tissue) I would monitor it for any pathology. On this image, I'm not noticing any bone pathology so monitoring it would be the least traumatic. If I absolutely need to remove it, I may take a 3D CT image to gauge the proximity.

    I would inform the patient of this object in the bone and discuss treatment options such as monitoring it or removing it with the 3D CT imaging aid.
    honestdoc, Nov 1, 2018
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  3. Drmario240

    MattKW Verified Dentist

    Mar 18, 2018
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    Yep, just locate it and monitor. From the radio-opacity and size, it's not metallic. I wonder if it was a DO composite from the 2nd molar that came free during the extraction? maybe we'll never know...
    MattKW, Nov 1, 2018
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