Forensic ID and dental records

Forensic ID and dental records: A record you don’t want to break!

The forensic identification process of unknown deceased relies on comparing information gathered from the unidentified body to the known records of the presumed identity. In many Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) operations, the Forensic Odontology team plays a vital role by providing a fast, cost-efficient, and accurate positive identity of the victims. Forensic dental identification is recognized as one of the three primary identifiers in disaster victim identification protocol. 

It is well established that teeth are derived and affected by a complex interplay of genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors, giving rise to significant natural variation in the arrangement, size, and shape of teeth that is generally stable through time. In addition, the presence of dental treatments or pathological conditions usually adds to the weighting of forensic dental identification.

Numerous cases achieved identification following reconciliation by comparing antemortem and postmortem dental data. This process was difficult when antemortem dental data were unavailable or of bad quality (i.e., insufficient or wrong information). The role of odontology has more leverage in determining an identification of the victims provided that proper documentation is maintained and when combined with shared knowledge of many different experts.

“Every person is born with an identity and therefore deserves the right to die with an identity.” The role of forensic odontology as a tool in identifying these individuals is essential in ensuring that the duty of giving a name to the unknown is being fulfilled.

Discover the importance of dental records from your friendly neighbourhood forensic odontologist in this webinar!

Participants will be able to engage with the Speaker and directly participate in the live discussion and Q&A session. 1 CPD point from MDC category A4.

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Event Date : 9th June 2023

Start Time : 3:00pm

End Time : 4:30pm

Duration : 1 hour 30 mins

Presenter Name : Dr Atika Ashar

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