Identification

Secular trend in the maturation of permanent teeth in a sample of Turkish children over the past 30 years.

This study was performed to evaluate the influence of secular trends on dental maturation among Turkish children over the past 30 years. Orthopantomograms of 757 (385 boys, 372 girls) Turkish children born in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s were evaluated. Three groups were formed based on decade with five subgroups by age from 9 to 13 years old for each gender. The number of more...

Dental and chronological age in children under oncological treatment.

So one can argue that this is a very small, very specific population studied in this paper.  Thankfully, the number of cases of children undergoing cancer therapies such as this is small, and therefore the need to age them for forensic purposes is likely to be incredibly rare. However, the main piece around this research, published in the Journal of Forensic Science, more...

Fascinating use of 3D printing for identification

The University of South Florida is asking students to help in the resolution of cold cases - by using 3D printing technology to produce models of human skulls that can then be used to undertake facial reconstructions. Skulls are scanned using CT scanners and the resultant digital files can then be downloaded to remote 3D printers to render close to exact replicas of the more...

Remains Of Missing Teen Identified from Teeth

The remains of a teenager who went missing seven years ago have been found in the chimney of an abandoned cabin less than a mile from his home. Colorado officials have said the details surrounding the death of Joshua Vernon Maddux remain a mystery after his remains were discovered last month in Woodland Park. Teller County Coroner Al Born ruled a cause of death as more...

Forensic considerations when dealing with incinerated human dental remains. Full Text

Establishing the human dental identification process relies upon sufficient post-mortem data being recovered to allow for a meaningful comparison with ante-mortem records of the deceased person. Teeth are the most indestructible components of the human body and are structurally unique in their composition. They possess the highest resistance to most environmental effects more...

Forensic Odontology: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Dentist – Full Text

This paper is a good overview of the forensic dentist's job - covering the major aspects of what is required, the source materials and the analysis that is undertaken.  Written for a general dental practice audience the authors cover the essential elements. Dentistry has much to offer law enforcement in the detection and solution of crime or in civil proceedings. more...

Starting a career in odontology

Many people ask - how do I get started and begin a career in odontology?  Well there is one simple answer - first you need a dental degree!  Having said that, hygenists and therapists also work in forensic dentistry - although this is not widespread, and they cant become members of the AAFS Odontology Section. Why not watch this webinar hosted by Drs Adam Freeman and more...

Dental Evidence in Forensic Identification – An Overview, Methodology and Present Status. Full text.

Forensic odontology is primarily concerned with the use of teeth and oral structures for identification in a legal context. Various forensic odontology techniques help in the identification of the human remains in incidents such as terrorists' attacks, airplane, train and road accidents, fires, mass murders, and natural disasters such as tsunamis, earth quakes and floods, more...

MO orthodontist reflects on helping ID Hurricane Katrina victims

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - This Saturday marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category 3 storm. Katrina hit with 127 mile an hour winds between Grand Isle, Louisiana and the mouth of the Mississippi River, leaving a huge path of death and destruction in her wake. According to FEMA, Katrina is, "the single most catastrophic natural disaster in U.S. more...

Technology a vital tool in identifying remains

It’s almost a cliché: The body was identified through dental records. That has been easier said than done in B.C. until very recently and is still problematic in much of Canada. Canadian authorities have been far less precise about describing teeth than TV detective shows lead people to believe. At one point, U.S. authorities suggested they were wary about counting more...