The role of forensic odontology in a child fire victim identification: A case report

Vanessa, Jessica, Aria Yudhistira, Nurtami Soedarsono

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Introduction: Forensic odontology is primarily concerned with dental findings or evidence analysis which can help investigators determine victim identification including gender, race, and age in a justice context. According to studies, the accuracy is high enough (up to 43-89%) because of the dental resilience from the decomposition process and its ability to survive an extreme conditions such as high temperature in burn cases. Case report: The postmortem procedure in this child fire victim case was done as requested by the police department by only examining the overall external body as well as the extra-oral and intra-oral conditions, taking routine photographs, and estimating victim's age by using the dental eruption chart. As there was no radiograph caused by the limited postmortem procedure, clinical examination with dental chart method was used and the estimation result was then matched to the victim's document. Conclusion: Forensic odontology could give better information with more detailed antemortem data and postmortem procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClinical Reports in Dentistry
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781536173291
ISBN (Print)9781536173284
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2020


  • Age estimation
  • Burns
  • Dental evidence


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