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Indian Journal of Forensic Odontology

Volume  9, Issue 1, January-June 2016, Pages 17-21

 

Original Article

Analysis of the Anterior Dentition Visiblity in Photographs and Its Application to Forensic Odontology
Neha Khurana*, Madhu Pruthi Arora**, Deepti Srivastava***, Akanksha Banga****
*Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana. **Senior Lecturer, ****Post Graduate Student, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology, I.T.S. Center for Dental
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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21088/ijfo.0974.505X.9116.3

Abstract

  Introduction: Dental identification is one of the most reliable and frequently applied methods for identification of human remains using smile photographs and dental models when there is total or partial loss of soft tissues. The occlusal profiles and special features of anterior maxillary teeth capable of being seen in smiling photographs are evaluated for individuality. Aim: To analyse the utility of smiling photographs in identification of the individuals and the use of anterior dentition and its features in the identification of individuals. Material and Methods: Photographs with broad smile and dental models were obtained from 65 students of the institute. A blind trial was done by four observers to identify the dental models on the basis of photographs. conclusion: This method of using smile photographs for identification can be used as screening method in mass disaster cases and is less time consuming. 

Keywords: Forensic Odontology; Smile Photographs; Mass Disaster.


Corresponding Author : Neha Khurana*