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Indian J Dent Res. 2009 Jul-Sep;20(3):356-60. doi: 10.4103/0970-9290.57377.

Role of dentist in person identification.

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Department of Community Dentistry, Kamineni Institute Dental Sciences and Research Center, Sreepuram, Narketpally, Nalgonda District, Andhra Pradesh, India.


To reinforce awareness among dentists about their role in person identification and the importance of maintaining dental records of all their patients. The article reviews basic procedures of dental identification and some cases where dental identification played a key role in eventual identification of the person. Forensic odontology is an integral part of forensic sciences. Forensic dental identifications, especially in times of mass disasters, depend mainly on the availability of ante mortem dental records. It is the social responsibility of each and every dentist to maintain dental records of their patients for the noble cause of identification in the event of mass disaster.

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