A 26 year old white female patient in excellent health presents with a missing #30 [mandibular right first molar; 46] and a large radiopaque area. The mandible does not show any expansion and the area is asymptomatic. The mandibular canal appears to traverse through the apical extent of the radiopacity. What do you think this is? I have received opinions of condensing osteitis and odontoma. I thought odontoma, but I am not an oral surgeon. Should this lesion be removed or should I just proceed with the implant installation? Should I expect that the bone in this area will have an increased density like Type I bone?
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