Enamel hypoplasia and its role in identification of individuals: A review of literature

Kanchan, Tanuj and Machado, Meghna and Rao, Ashwin and *, Kewal Krishan and Garg, Arun K (2015) Enamel hypoplasia and its role in identification of individuals: A review of literature. Indian Journal of Dentistry, 6 (2). pp. 99-102. ISSN 0975-962X

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Identification of individuals is the mainstay of any forensic investigation especially in cases of mass disasters when mutilated remains are brought for examination. Dental examination helps in establishing the identity of an individual and thus, has played a vital role in forensic investigation process since long. In this regard, description on the role of enamel hypoplasia is limited in the literature. The present article reviews the literature on the enamel hypoplasia and discusses its utility in forensic identification. Enamel hypoplasia is a surface defect of the tooth crown caused by disturbance of enamel matrix secretion. Enamel defects can be congenital or acquired. In cases of mass disasters, or when the body is completely charred, putrefied and mutilated beyond recognition, the unique dental features can help in identification of the victims.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Enamel hypoplasia, forensic odontology, mass disasters
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Pedodontics
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2015 06:20
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2015 06:20
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/142911

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