Techniques

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...

Mandibular canine index: A reliable predictor for gender identification using study cast in Indian population.

CONTEXT: Various methods are used for gender identification in anthropologic and forensic investigations. The canine tooth is widely used for gender determination because of its sexual dimorphism and durability in the oral cavity. Mandibular canine index (MCI) is one of the most reliable and valid predictor for gender identification. AIM: To assess the reliability of MCI more...

New study confirms that bitemarks on skin are highly distorted

There has been concern for sometime over the degree of distortion seen in human bitemarks on skin.  There is no doubt that it occurs and the first paper to really examine this was DeVore D.T., in his paper entitled "Bite Marks for Identification?".  In this paper he used inked stamps (like a shooting target) and then measured them when living volunteers moved and 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...

Kvaal et al Ageing Technique

There are many techniques for ageing individuals, some can be used on deceased and living, some just on deceased.  The Kvaal technique was published in 1995 and remains a popular method.  Based on the biological changes in pulp cavity size (caused by the result of secondary dentine deposit) the technique can be used on radiographs. Teeth generally used are maxillary more...