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Indian Journal of Forensic Odontology

Volume  9, Issue 1,  January - June 2016, Pages 31-34


Review Article

Forensic Odontologists and Mass Disasters
Mounabati Mohapatra*, Priyanka Sarangi**, Sukanta Satapathy***
*HOD, Dept. of Dental Surgery, AIIMS, Bhubanewar, Odisha – 751019. **Senior Resident, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, SCB Dental College and Hospital, Cuttack. ***Senior Resident, Department of Prosthodontics, SCB Dental Colle
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 Forensic odontology is the science which utilizes the dentist’s knowledge to serve the judicial system. Dentists may encounter cases of injuries, which could be non­accidental. Detection, interpretation and management are important from a legal point of view. Dentists should be aware of the legal impact those cases have, and should refer them to appropriate authorities for suitable action. Most often the role of a forensic odontologist is to establish a person’s identity. Mass disaster is an unexpected event that causes severe injury and death to a number of people. Forensic dentistry plays a major role in identifying individuals in such disasters who cannot be identified by any other means. The unique nature of our dental anatomy and the placement of custom restorations ensure accuracy when the techniques are correctly employed.

Keywords: Forensic Ododntology; Dentist and Mass Disasters.

Corresponding Author : Mounabati Mohapatra*