Forensic dentistry: 1. Identification of human remains.

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For many forensic dentists the identification of found human remains will comprise the majority of their case work. However, there is rarely a typical dental identification.The resilience of teeth and their supporting tissues to peri- and post-mortem assaults provides a wealth of information for those interested in the identity of the deceased. Chemical attack, burning, burial, submersion, and even severe head and neck trauma are all withstood by the dentition to an extent where identification is possible.The lack of a tentative identification or failure to locate dental or similar ante-mortem records is a more common reason for an odontological investigation to fail. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: The purpose of this review is to describe the techniques employed by forensic dentists to identify human remains and also to provide details of some of the novel developments within this area.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-630
Number of pages9
JournalDental Update
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007