Mesiodens: an Identification Aid in Skeletal Remains Examination: a Case Report

M Kiran, M Shetty, Sh Manipady

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Abstract

Background: Forensic Odontology is that branch of dentistry which plays a vital role with regard to anthropological studies and human identification. In the cases of mass disasters or cases where only the skeletal remains are found, bones and teeth will be the only source of information for the identification of the dead.  Any aberrations or any variations from the normality become a distinctive feature in the identification of the deceased.

Case Report: Unknown skeletal remains were received by the forensic department for the purpose of identification. It was estimated to be a male of 50-60 years old with a stature of 164±2 cm and the skull had a mesiodens. Due to this particular feature, the identity of the individual was traced out.

Conclusion: This; like always, again proves that a meticulous odontological examination, and the anthropological findings followed by confirmation by DNA finger printing can successfully result in positive identification.

Keywords

Supernumerary Tooth, Mesiodens, Identification, Forensic Odontology, Skeletal Remains, Examination

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