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International journal of odontostomatology

On-line version ISSN 0718-381X

Abstract

SILVA, Rhonan Ferreira et al. Forensic Importance of Dental Plaster Models for Putrefied Body Identification - Case Report. Int. J. Odontostomat. [online]. 2017, vol.11, n.3, pp.273-278. ISSN 0718-381X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-381X2017000300273.

Faced with complex cases of human identification, such as bodies in an advanced state of decomposition, the application of dental techniques becomes necessary to establish the identity of a missing person. In this sense, the existence and obtaining of ante-mortem dental records of an alleged victim, as well as the analysis of the dental specificities of the respective corpse, can constitute a quick and low-cost possibility for human identification by dental features. The objective of this report is to present a forensic case, demonstrating the importance of plaster models for the positive identification of a decomposed body, discussing the inherent aspects of archiving and discarding them after their clinical use. Dental plaster models are substantial for the diagnosis, planning and execution of certain treatments, and must be stored on physical or digital media. Likewise, they have a significant potential for human identification by reliably allowing the three-dimensional evaluation of the teeth, their positions in the dental arches and the dental peculiarities that may be present.

Keywords : forensic dentistry; dental records; dental models; dental prosthesis..

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