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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-5

Oral pathology in forensic investigation


Department of Dentistry, Government Taluk Head Quarters Hospital, Malappuram, Kerala, India

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Dr. Thorakkal Shamim
“Shangrila”, Parappanangadi - 676 303, Kerala
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jispcd.JISPCD_435_17

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Forensic odontology is the subdiscipline of dentistry which analyses dental evidence in the interest of justice. Oral pathology is the subdiscipline of dentistry that deals with the pathology affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. This subdiscipline is utilized for identification through oral and maxillofacial pathologies with associated syndromes, enamel rod patterns, sex determination using exfoliative cytology, identification from occlusal morphology of teeth, and deoxyribonucleic acid profiling from teeth. This subdiscipline is also utilized for age estimation studies which include Gustafson's method, incremental lines of Retzius, perikymata, natal line formation in teeth, neonatal line, racemization of collagen in dentin, cemental incremental lines, thickness of the cementum, and translucency of dentin. Even though the expertise of an oral pathologist is not taken in forensic investigations, this paper aims to discuss the role of oral pathology in forensic investigation.


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