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An Official Publication of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists


 
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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 244-250
Contemporary practice in forensic odontology


1 Department of Oral Pathology, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Forensic Science, Sam Higginbotom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences (Deemed University), Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Oral Pathology, Faculty of Dental Sciences, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Department of General Surgery, Carrier Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Shalini Gupta
Department of Oral Pathology, King George's Medical University, Lucknow 226 003, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-029X.140767

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Forensic odontology plays a major role in the identification of those individuals who cannot be identified visually or by other means. The unique nature of dental anatomy and placement of custom restorations ensure accuracy when the techniques are correctly employed. It is evident that identification of victims in accidents and natural calamities is of utmost importance and is a challenging task. The teeth may also be used as weapons and under certain circumstances; they may provide information regarding the identity of the biter. Dental professionals play a major role in keeping accurate dental records and providing all necessary information so that legal authorities may recognize malpractices, negligence, fraud child abuse and also, identify an individual. In this article, we will discuss such evolvement of the subject.


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