Forensic Odontology: A Boon to Community in Medico-legal Affairs

  • Ramasamy Chidambaram Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Prosthodontics, AIMST University, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia.
Keywords: bite marks; dental records; forensic identification; mass disaster; medico-legal issues.


Forensic odontology is a sub-discipline of dental science which involves the relationship between dentistry and the law. The specialty of forensic odontology is applied in radiographic investigation, human bite marks analysis, anthropologic examination and during mass disasters. Besides the fact that radiographs require pretentious laboratory, it is still claimed to be a facile, rapid, non-invasive method of age identification in the deceased. The budding DNA technology has conquered the traditional procedures and currently being contemplated as chief investigating tool in revealing the hidden mysteries of victims and suspects, especially in hopeless circumstances. Forensic odontology has played a chief role in solving cold cases and proved to be strong evidence in the court of law. Systematic collection of dental records and preservation of the same would marshal the legal officials in identification of the deceased. To serve the forensic operation and legal authorities, dental professionals need to be familiar with the basics of forensic odontology, which would create a consciousness to preserve the dental data. The aim of this paper is to emphasize the vital applications of forensic odontology in medico-legal issues. Conjointly the recent advancements applied in forensic human identification have been updated. 
Keywords: bite marks; dental records; forensic identification; mass disaster; medico-legal issues. | PubMed


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Chidambaram, R. (2016). Forensic Odontology: A Boon to Community in Medico-legal Affairs. Journal of Nepal Medical Association, 54(201), 46-54.
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