Floating teeth - alveolar carcinoma
An adult male presents with swelling of the right side of the face with unstable dentition.
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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.
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).