dental identification


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dental identification

Etymology: L, dens, tooth, idem, the same, facere, to make
the process of establishing the unique characteristics of the teeth and dental work of an individual, thereby permitting the identification of the individual by comparison with his or her dental charts, records, plaster casts, radiographs or dental images, bite marks, and records. See also forensic dentistry.

dental identification

The use of the unique characteristics of a person's teeth or dental work as recorded in dental charts, radiographs, and records to establish the person's identity.
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Before examination it is pertinent to separate the dental uniqueness used in dental identifications from the uniqueness of human bite marks.