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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 151-153

Transposition of teeth: A forensic perspective


Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Manipal College of Dental Sciences affiliated to Manipal University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Supriya Nambiar
Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-1475.137041

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Dental identification plays a key role in mass casualties and is usually based on disturbances of tooth eruption, malocclusions and/or previous dental treatments, changes brought about by age, pathological conditions and developmental disturbances. Tooth transposition is a disturbance of tooth eruption and is defined as change in the position of two adjacent teeth within the same quadrant. This review aims to discuss the prevalence and the etiology of transposition through a literature survey and to discuss its importance and implications as pertaining to the field of forensics. In summary, transposition is a rare and severe positional anomaly that represents a challenge for a dentist. It requires a keen eye on the part of the forensic pathologist to identify the condition.


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