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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2018, Volume : 11, Issue : 4
First page : ( 1425) Last page : ( 1428)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2018.00266.4

Survey among General Practitioners in Chennai about Dental Restorations being used as a Forensic Tool

Haripriya S.1, Ajitha P2,*

1Post Graduate Student, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, India

2Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: ajitharijesh@gmail.com

Online published on 24 July, 2018.

Abstract

Aim

To assess the knowledge among general practitioners in chennai regarding dental restorations being used a tool in victim identification and various changes that the restorations undergo in mass disasters.

Background

Forensic Odontology is an emerging branch in dentistry in recent days. Teeth serve as a valuable tool in forensic identification. In recent days there are many studies stating that restorations can be used as a tool in forensic identification, as the restorative material can withstand high temperatures. Therefore knowledge about restorative materials and its importance in forensic identification is essential among dental practitioners. A cross sectional survey was carried out among 437 randomly selected dentists in Chennai district, Tamilnaduand the results were analysed.

Result

Awareness regarding dental restorations being used as a forensic tool is less among the general practitioners in Chennai.

Conclusion

Knowledge to be imparted to dentists regarding the role of restorations in forensic odontology and to kindle interest in the field of Forensics among the dental students.

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Keywords

Dental restorations, Forensic identification, Dental Amalgam, Composite restorations, Glass Ionomer Cements, Ceramics.

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