Floating teeth

Last revised by Melbourne Uni Radiology Masters on 12 May 2021

Floating teeth is the description given to the appearances on imaging of teeth that appear to be floating as a result of alveolar bone destruction around their roots. 

Differential diagnosis

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 1-7

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Cases and figures

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  • Case 2: due to nerve sheath tumor
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  • Case 4: due to metastasis
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