Forensic sciences, Forensic odontology, Dental implants, Human identification, Dental radiography


The aim of this study is to present two cases in which dental implants greatly enhanced the forensic human identification and to show the important role of the implant dentist in this process. The skeletonized remains of two victims with dental implants were sent for exams. The morphological features (qualitative) and linear measurements (quantitative) of the implants were analyzed in the ante-mortem and postmortem radiographs. The points of coincidence observed in both the implants and teeth showed compatibility of findings that led the experts to determine the positive identification. The implants found in the bodies were decisive in the process of identification. This identification was only possible because the implant dentists presented complete documentation with good technical quality, enabling an efficient expert approach to comparison of the data. Therefore, it is important to make implant dentists aware of this significant role because they may be asked by the authorities or family members of the deceased to present a complete record chart.


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