Author(s): Richmond R, Pretty IA, Richmond R, Pretty IA
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Abstract Forensic identification (ID) based on an assessment of the dentition is commonplace. However, despite an increase in the oral health of Western populations, there are still many millions of individuals who are edentulous and whom have been treated with completed dentures. In the United Kingdom alone over 300,000 patients are rendered edentulous each year. In order to facilitate the ID of such individuals a number of forensic and governmental organizations have recommended that dentures be labeled. A number of labeling systems exist which can be broadly separated into inclusion systems, marking systems, and novel methods. Each of the commonly described systems are demonstrated with an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. It is recommended that an inclusion denture marker, preferably metallic, should be used in order to withstand the most common postmortem assaults.
This article was published in J Forensic Sci
and referenced in Journal of Forensic Research