The specialty of forensic dentistry has become quite recognized since the popularity of such television shows touting the scientific merits of DNA testing, hair fiber matching, and bite mark registration. Did you know that the forensic dentist is frequently one of the first people called to the scene-especially in cases involving mass casualties such as airplane crashes, natural disasters, and terrorist bombings? The structures of the human mouth, particularly the teeth and jaw bones, possess very specific and unique features which can help in positively identifying crime and accident victims. Each individual tooth has its own distinctive markings, each individual filling is different, and each person's bite and tooth alignment can be as exclusive as one's signature. By comparing the victim's current dentition to those of previously taken dental records, the forensic dentist plays an instrumental role in the overall investigation. Remember, your teeth can often be as unique as your fingerprints!
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