The Effect Of Odontology On Forensics On The Identification Of Victims Of Violence, Disasters, Or Victims?

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Odontology has been used in forensics for many years to aid in identification of people in crimes or disasters. There are many techniques, assessments, and procedures that are used in patient identification that may help narrow down person identification. The question that is posed is how is using odontology in forensics useful for person identification and what are its limitations? There are numerous amounts of dental conditions and abnormalities that a person may present with, which may pose some limitations in the methods used in forensic odontology. The objective of this paper is to describe and understand the methods that are used in forensic odontology, as well as learn what limitations these methods may present. Dental identifications have played a major role in identifying victims of violence, disasters, or other tragedies. It is continually used as a major identification method in criminal investigations, decomposed or traumatized bodies, and in other situations where there is no visual form of identification.1 First what will be discussed is a literature review of the history of forensics in odontology and further discussion into specific procedures or methods that are used to help identify the patient, such as bite mark analysis, lip prints (cheiloscopy), forensic radiology, and sex determination based on dentition characteristics. Other techniques that will be discussed is the utilization of visual assessment of dental abnormalities in tooth formation and…

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