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Indian Journal of Forensic Odontology

Volume  8, Issue 1-2, Jan-Jun 2015, Pages 11-14


Review Article

Maxillofacial Radiology: A Boon for Forensic Dentistry
Akhilanand Chaurasia*, Divayjeet Goel**
Department of Oral medicine & Radiology, Faculty of Dental Sciences, King George Medical University, Lucknow-226003, Uttar-Pradesh (India).
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DOI: 10.21088/ijfo.0974.505X.81215.2

Forensic dentistry is the application of dental knowledge to those criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system however Forensic maxillofacial radiology is a specialized area of maxillofacial imaging which utilizes various radiological techniques to assist forensic odontologists in issues related to law enforcements. The major role played by maxillofacial radiology is related to identification of an individual engaged in criminal activities or during mass disasters by matching the ante mortem and postmortem records. The second most significant role is, in age estimation of an individual by various radiographs and radiographic techniques. Thus maxillofacial radiology can be called as backbone of forensic dentistry.

Keywords: Forensic Dentistry; Radiology; Age Identification; Dental Jurisprudence. 

Corresponding Author : Akhilanand Chaurasia*