Role of Dentist in Forensic Investigations
Sunit Kumar Jurel*
DFaculty of Dental Sciences, Upgraded KGMC, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
- *Corresponding Author:
- Sunit Kumar Jurel
Faculty of Dental Sciences, Upgraded KGMC, Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh, India
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: March 13, 2012; Accepted date: April 10, 2012; Published date: April 12, 2012
Citation: Jurel SK (2012) Role of Dentist in Forensic Investigations. J Forensic Res 3:148. doi: 10.4172/2157-7145.1000148
Copyright: © 2012 Jurel SK. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Teeth can be used as a weapon of attack or defense. Dentistry has much to offer to law enforcement agencies in the uncovering and solution of crime. The permanent teeth develop throughout the first two decades of life, and physiologic variations, pathologies, and effects of dental therapy may be recorded in the hard tissues of the remaining dentition throughout life and beyond. It is the role of the dentist to help extract this information and use it in the identification of the unknown body. Human teeth and dental restorations have proven to remain stable during a long time as well as in extreme situations such as fire. Therefore, dentist can play an important part in the identification of severe mutilated bodies of unknown persons. The teeth may also be used as weapon and, under certain circumstances may leave information as to the identity of the biter. Analysis of bite marks is the second major responsibility of the forensic dentist. The general practitioner has a major role to play in providing the accurate dental records on which much of forensic activity is based.