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How is dentistry used in forensic medicine?

Forensic dentistry is an important science for identification in crime investigation and disasters including natural disasters, terrorism and plane crashes.

Bite mark identification is used to connect criminal to victim. Impressions and stone casts are made of the bite mark of the victim and the mouth of the person on trial to determine if they are a match.

In disaster identification radiographs (X-rays) are taken of the victims, records are requested from health care providers of the people believed to be involved in the disaster and comparisons are made to obtain positive id.
Forensic medicine is a morbid subject but necessary to say the least. Ones teeth, dental records, and bite are used for identification purposes. Missing children and airline crash victims come to mind immediately where dentistry can play a big part with identification.
Forensic medicine is a science that deals with the relation and application of medical facts to legal problems. Dentists who work in forensics now can establish a positive identification of human remains -- sometimes in a matter of minutes, even without dental records.

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