Dr. M. from Ontario asks:
I treatment planned a patient for a wide platform dental implant in the mandible to replace a second molar. Near the projected implant site, there was a 3mm long root tip left from a prior extraction I did 3 months prior. The area has been asymptomatic and the radiographic appearance is of an isolated root tip without any evidence of a radiolucent lesion or other pathology.
It appears as though the channel I prepared for the implant is a bit closer than I wanted to the root tip and the dental implant is close to the root tip. Should I expect complications? If the root tip had not been so deep and so close to the Inferior Alveolar Nerve I would have attempted to remove it but the risks seemed far more weighty than the benefits. What are your thoughts?