Floating teeth - alveolar carcinoma

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


An adult male presents with swelling of the right side of the face with unstable dentition.

Patient Data

Age: 35
Gender: Male

Destruction of the right mandibular body, involving both the lingual and buccal surfaces.

Several 'floating' teeth.

Associated soft tissue and a necrotic submandibular (1b) lymph node.

Case Discussion

Floating teeth is a uncommon finding.  It describes teeth which appear suspended in air, as a result of body destruction of the mandible or maxilla.

Multiple pathologies can be responsible - in this case it resulted from a histologically proven alveolar carcinoma (an oral malignancy arising from the alveolar ridge).

PlayAdd to Share

Case information

rID: 29507
Published: 2nd Jun 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.