Importance of Forensic Odontology
Keywords:forensic, bite mark, lip print, tongue print, polymerase chain reaction
Forensic dentistry is the connection between the dental professions and forensic professions. In fact, the teeth
and jaws are highly resistant to degradation and decomposition by postmortem. For a number of different
reasons and situations such as mass disasters, in criminal investigations and in the case of disfigured bodies
due to fire and vehicle accidents, dental identification of humans happens. The different methods include
x-rays, antemortem & post-mortem photographs, tooth prints, palatal rugae, lip printing, bite marking and
molecular methods such as polymerase chain reaction for pulp DNA analysis.
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