What are the potential causes of floating teeth?
Causes include; metastases, primary bone tumours (such as Ewing's sarcoma), lymphoma and Langerhans cell histiocytosis.
What is the value in 3D volume rendered reconstructions?
Clinicians often greatly value the ability to review the concerned pathology pre-operatively on a selective number of images to aid pre-operative planning. These images give a more 'global' overview of the pathology and also are valuable in multidisciplinary team meetings for review.
This patient presented with a similar complaint around a decade previously for which he had a right hemi-maxillectomy performed.
Previous right hemi-maxillectomy.
The dentition of the upper left side of the jaw are 'floating' due to extensive destruction of the alveolar process of the left maxilla from a large mass.