Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences
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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38-41

Forensic odontology: A prosthodontic view


Department of Prosthodontics, Krishna School of Dental Sciences, Malakapur, Karad, Maharashtra, India

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Siddharth Gosavi
Department of Prosthodontics, Krishna School of Dental Sciences Malakapur, Karad, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-1475.99162

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The most common role of the forensic dentist is the identification of deceased individuals. Dental identifications have always played a key role in natural and manmade disaster situations, and in particular, the mass casualties normally associated with aviation disasters. Because of the lack of a comprehensive fingerprint database, dental identification continues to be crucial in the world. An all-acrylic resin appliance such as a full denture or an all-acrylic partial denture (or orthodontic appliance), prior to delivery, could be inscribed with the patient's full name on a substrate (paper, metal) and sealed inconspicuously into the surface of a denture by various processes. It has been noted by several authors that in many cases of air disaster where the limbs are completely burnt off, some denture materials survive, especially the posterior part of acrylic dentures and metal-based dentures. Thus, marked dental prostheses (full and partial dentures, mouthguards and removal orthodontic appliances) would lead to rapid identification in the event of accidents and disaster.


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