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What would cause a spot to show up on my jaw in a dental xray. It is about the color of the teeth on the xray and a near perfect circle.?
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Dr. Craig Fisk
Dentistry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Hard to say
It would be so hard to tell without seeing the actual image, but if it is a perfect circle and appears whiter than the teeth, it would most likely be something man-made, or something that got in the way of the image such as an ear-ring in a pan image.
This is a great question to ask your dentist in person so you can look at the image together. If he or she does not know, a specialist can help.

In brief: Hard to say
It would be so hard to tell without seeing the actual image, but if it is a perfect circle and appears whiter than the teeth, it would most likely be something man-made, or something that got in the way of the image such as an ear-ring in a pan image.
This is a great question to ask your dentist in person so you can look at the image together. If he or she does not know, a specialist can help.
Dr. Craig Fisk
Dr. Craig Fisk
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: X-ray diagnosis
What comes to mind first is the metal button that is used on some digital x-rays that get scanned when the film is inadvertently reversed.
Other possibilities are an artifact, some external jewelry, salivary stone, or one of many types of odontogenic growths. A trained dentist should be able to easily answer that question for you. We can only guess not being afforded the ability to see the image.

In brief: X-ray diagnosis
What comes to mind first is the metal button that is used on some digital x-rays that get scanned when the film is inadvertently reversed.
Other possibilities are an artifact, some external jewelry, salivary stone, or one of many types of odontogenic growths. A trained dentist should be able to easily answer that question for you. We can only guess not being afforded the ability to see the image.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Density
The denser an object, the whiter it appears on an x-ray.
Could be one of a number of benign anatomic variations or could be that the x-rays were blocked by something metallic, such as an earring. Ask your dentist to review the x-ray with you. He/she will probably know exactly what it is. Can't tell by just description over the comp;utter.

In brief: Density
The denser an object, the whiter it appears on an x-ray.
Could be one of a number of benign anatomic variations or could be that the x-rays were blocked by something metallic, such as an earring. Ask your dentist to review the x-ray with you. He/she will probably know exactly what it is. Can't tell by just description over the comp;utter.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree
In brief: Several things
Teeth and bone appear as different shades of white on a x-ray.
The spot that appears almost the same color as your tooth could be an extra tooth, a cementoma or hypercementois, which are aberrant accumulations of a tooth component. Other options could be dense bone as in a torus, or from a chronic infection, a calcification in the soft tissue, or a foreign body.

In brief: Several things
Teeth and bone appear as different shades of white on a x-ray.
The spot that appears almost the same color as your tooth could be an extra tooth, a cementoma or hypercementois, which are aberrant accumulations of a tooth component. Other options could be dense bone as in a torus, or from a chronic infection, a calcification in the soft tissue, or a foreign body.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Dr. Daniel Quon
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Cementoma
This could be mistakenly diagnosed as dental periapical pathology.
They about the color of the teeth and pose a challenge for the dentist in their diagnosis and management. See OMS for diagnosis.

In brief: Cementoma
This could be mistakenly diagnosed as dental periapical pathology.
They about the color of the teeth and pose a challenge for the dentist in their diagnosis and management. See OMS for diagnosis.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possible earring
Possible piercing--ie-earring in nose, ball in tongue.
Prior to taking x-rays, the patient is asked to remove all piercings so that they do not obscure the image needed of the dentition. If this is not the case, check with the dentist to make sure no foreign matter is lodged.

In brief: Possible earring
Possible piercing--ie-earring in nose, ball in tongue.
Prior to taking x-rays, the patient is asked to remove all piercings so that they do not obscure the image needed of the dentition. If this is not the case, check with the dentist to make sure no foreign matter is lodged.
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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In brief: Several possibilitie
Depending on the location if its the same radiopacity that a tooth and located at tha root tip it can be a cementoma, a benign lesion.
If its a bit clearer it can be an exostoses or excess bone. If this appearance is causing some problems a biopsy and surgical removal might be necessary.

In brief: Several possibilitie
Depending on the location if its the same radiopacity that a tooth and located at tha root tip it can be a cementoma, a benign lesion.
If its a bit clearer it can be an exostoses or excess bone. If this appearance is causing some problems a biopsy and surgical removal might be necessary.
Dr. Oswald Cameron-Morales
Dr. Oswald Cameron-Morales
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
In brief: Abscess
It could be an abscess, depending on the location.
Looking at the area and palpating the area should provide a clear answer. See a dentist with a good amount of experience as over the years we tend to see it all.

In brief: Abscess
It could be an abscess, depending on the location.
Looking at the area and palpating the area should provide a clear answer. See a dentist with a good amount of experience as over the years we tend to see it all.
Dr. James Wright
Dr. James Wright
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Dr. David Schleimer
I think an abscess would appear darker, as it is an active process of destroying medullary and cortical bone. I recently looked at a panograph which showed what appeared to be well circumscribed odontoma, however comparing it to a cephalometric image taken the same day (poorly positioned with a head tip to one side) it became apparent that it is not in the mandible at all, and is likely a sialolith in the duct of the submandibular gland. It has similar opacity to an odontoma, and therefore quite calcified. After 3 decades I still see new things every week!
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