Floating teeth is the description given to the appearances on imaging of teeth 'hanging in the wind' as a result of alveolar bone destruction around the root of the teeth.
They are uncommonly encountered, with a wide differential diagnosis - albeit that the underlying cause will almost always be an aggressive bone disease/lesion. Causes include 1-4:
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Lucent lesions of the jaw