This piece from the BBC furthers the concern among Europeans about the use of dental (and medical) information to age individuals in asylum or immigration cases. While there is a clear need to be sure of an individual’s age – especially if they are to be placed in children’s settings – …Read More »
Secular trend in the maturation of permanent teeth in a sample of Turkish children over the past 30 years.
This study was performed to evaluate the influence of secular trends on dental maturation among Turkish children over the past 30 years. Orthopantomograms of 757 (385 boys, 372 girls) Turkish children born in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s were evaluated. Three groups were formed based on decade with five subgroups …Read More »
So one can argue that this is a very small, very specific population studied in this paper. Thankfully, the number of cases of children undergoing cancer therapies such as this is small, and therefore the need to age them for forensic purposes is likely to be incredibly rare. However, the …Read More »
The University of South Florida is asking students to help in the resolution of cold cases – by using 3D printing technology to produce models of human skulls that can then be used to undertake facial reconstructions. Skulls are scanned using CT scanners and the resultant digital files can then …Read More »
The remains of a teenager who went missing seven years ago have been found in the chimney of an abandoned cabin less than a mile from his home. Colorado officials have said the details surrounding the death of Joshua Vernon Maddux remain a mystery after his remains were discovered last …Read More »
Establishing the human dental identification process relies upon sufficient post-mortem data being recovered to allow for a meaningful comparison with ante-mortem records of the deceased person. Teeth are the most indestructible components of the human body and are structurally unique in their composition. They possess the highest resistance to most …Read More »
This paper is a good overview of the forensic dentist’s job – covering the major aspects of what is required, the source materials and the analysis that is undertaken. Written for a general dental practice audience the authors cover the essential elements. Dentistry has much to offer law enforcement in …Read More »
Many people ask – how do I get started and begin a career in odontology? Well there is one simple answer – first you need a dental degree! Having said that, hygenists and therapists also work in forensic dentistry – although this is not widespread, and they cant become members …Read More »
Dental Evidence in Forensic Identification – An Overview, Methodology and Present Status. Full text.
Forensic odontology is primarily concerned with the use of teeth and oral structures for identification in a legal context. Various forensic odontology techniques help in the identification of the human remains in incidents such as terrorists’ attacks, airplane, train and road accidents, fires, mass murders, and natural disasters such as …Read More »
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) – This Saturday marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category 3 storm. Katrina hit with 127 mile an hour winds between Grand Isle, Louisiana and the mouth of the Mississippi River, leaving a huge path of death and destruction in her wake. …Read More »
It’s almost a cliché: The body was identified through dental records. That has been easier said than done in B.C. until very recently and is still problematic in much of Canada. Canadian authorities have been far less precise about describing teeth than TV detective shows lead people to believe. At …Read More »
Forensic dental identification specialists are typically the last conventional option for postmortem identification. Forensic dental identification is most often accomplished by comparing radiographs of the decedent’s teeth with the dental radiographs obtained from the dentist of the suspected victim. Unfortunately, antemortem dental radiographs are not always available. When presented with …Read More »