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J Forensic Dent Sci. 2017 Jan-Apr;9(1):36-40. doi: 10.4103/0975-1475.206493.

Laser micro-etching of metal prostheses for personal identification.

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Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.


Denture marking techniques play a vital role in establishing personal identification in suitable clinical and forensic situations. The denture marking techniques are categorized broadly into additive and ablative methods. Additive methods involve embedding or impregnation of markers for establishing personal identity. Ablative methods involve partial removal of the denture surface thereby providing a marking for identification. Engraving and etching methods are the commonly used ablative methods. Ablative methods can be of contact and noncontact subtypes. Laser micro-etching is a precise noncontact ablative denture marking technique that could be used for prostheses-guided personal identification.


Denture marking; lasers; micro-etching; personal identification

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