Last week I wrote here about the questionable practice of bite analysis in criminal convictions. This is true, but dental forensics still has a very important function in body identification. Dental records can help identify an otherwise unidentifiable body.
Many years ago I helped confirm the identity of a young boy who tragically perished in a house fire. I had a set of dental xrays and records of his dentition and restorations. The medical examiner’s office called me and requested the boy’s records. The boy’s identity was confirmed on the basis of these records. It was very sad for the family and community but I was glad that I could help put the family at ease that the remains were their son’s and he could have a proper burial.