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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 29-33

Are tooth prints a hard tissue equivalence of finger print in mass disaster: A rationalized review

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Lenora Institute of Dental Sciences, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, K S R Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sree Sai Dental College and Research Institute, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, India
4 Department of Prosthodontics, Sree Sai Dental College and Research Institute, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, India
5 Department of Public Health Dentistry, SB Patil Dental College and Hospital, Bidar, Karnataka, India
6 Department of Pedodontics, Triveni Institute of Dental Sciences Hospital and Research Institute, Bilaspur, Chattisgarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Shaik Kamal Sha
Department of Public Health Dentistry, KLR Lenora Institute of Dental Sciences, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/jpbs.JPBS_131_17

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Personal identification methods may not be efficient when bodies are decomposed, burned, in cases of mass disasters when soft tissue cannot provide reliable information or has been lost. Various methods currently employed in forensic odontology for personal identification include comparing with antemortem dental charts, rugoscopy, denture labeling, DNA analysis from dental pulp, bite mark analysis, etc., Recently, there is growing interest in the study of enamel rod end patterns. These enamel rod end patterns are termed as “Tooth prints” and the study of these prints is known as “Ameloglyphics” (amelo: Enamel, Glyphics: Carvings). This review encompasses about the basis of using enamel rod end patterns, methods of obtaining the patterns and further suggests these tooth prints as an analogy to finger print in personal identification in mass disasters.

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