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Forensic Dentistry Odontology

Forensic Science
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Joel Cahn

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Forensic Dentistry
Areas of Expertise:
- Identification- 95% of work
- bite mark assessment
- trauma assessment
Principles of Physical Meaning
- gross characteristics; teeth (animal or human?)
- class characteristics; human teeth
- accidental characteristics; uniqueness (positive or highly similar identification)
Bite Mark Assessment:
- are usually considered as common or aggravated assult
Forensic Profile
- age
- ethnicity
- socio-economic
- prenatal to 12 yrs> accuracy =/under 1 yr
- 12 to 18 yrs> accuracy =/under > 1 yr
- + age. Range increases
depends on pulp calcification
wear facets
these vary depending on a number of factors
- there are a number of dental characteristics which may be indicators of ethnicity
- “shovel shaped incisors”- native- Asian
- Types of dentistry may be unique to certain regions or countries
- both the availability and type of dentistry can be an indicator of the persons economic
- the work done can often lead to a trace of insurance and dental supply house records
- primary: fingerprints, skeletal/medical, DNA, dental
- Secondary: photographic, superimposition, personal belongings, time and place, oral
Dental Identification levels:
- high degree of comparison AM to PM
- supportive ID
- inconclusive lack of information
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