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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47-50

Forensic odontology: An inseparable aspect of military dentistry

1 Division of Oral Pathology, Army Dental Centre (R&R), New Delhi, India
2 Commanding Officer, MDC Wellington, New Delhi, India

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Sudip Indu
Division of Oral Pathology, Army Dental Centre (R&R), New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JODD.JODD_47_20

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Forensic odontology is a subdiscipline of dental science which involves a multidisciplinary approach for handling forensic dental evidence and presents it to the Court of Law. Its application to the Armed Forces is also vital, considering the varied role assigned to them. Military personnel are exposed to multiple eventualities such as fatality or captivity where the recognition or confirmation of their identity is absolutely critical. Dental features and their innumerable combinations can be unique to an individual, and the same can be utilized as a postmortem profile to compare to an antemortem dental database if it exists. It is imperative for the Armed Forces to make robust arrangements in terms of infrastructure and technical expertise such that this branch of dentistry can be utilized to its full potential. Establishing a dedicated forensic odontology laboratory will be a step in the right direction.

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