Tooth- A Key Aid In Establishing Identity Of Deceased IndividualsJain N*
Manav Rachna Dental College, Delhi- Surajkund Road, Sector-43, Faridabad, India
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dr. Neha Jain
Manav Rachna Dental College
Delhi-Surajkund Road, Sector-43, Faridabad, India
Tel: 01244015343, 9818095343
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: September 26, 2013; Accepted date: October 24, 2013; Published date: October 26, 2013
Citation: Jain N (2013) Tooth-A Key Aid in Establishing Identity of Deceased Individuals. Dentistry 3:165. doi: 10.4172/2161-1122.1000165
Copyright: © 2013 Jain N. 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.
Forensic odontology is the branch of dentistry which aids in identifying human remains after homicides, accidents, wars or natural calamities. Forensic science has long been dependent on fingerprints or some identification mark on the body of a deceased individual. But in the absence of such evidence dental indicators assist successfully in the identification process. The study of teeth and the surrounding tissues of the oral cavity in order to establish the identity of a victim are known as dental profiling. Teeth can play a vital role in estimating the age, sex, race, socio-economic status, personal habits, oral and systemic health, occupation and dietary status of an individual. Various methods like radiographic imaging, dentin translucency, amino acid racemization, chromosomal analysis, barr bodies, amelogenin protein analysis, cementum annulations have made dentist an essential part of forensics.