Dental Impressions

Dental impressions taken from the potential biter by the dentist (or appropriately qualified person) after a thorough dental examination will be cast into hard dental models. Dental impressions taken of an individual in custody are intimate samples and require the appropriate authority and consent for your jurisdiction. Transparent overlays of the biting edges of the

Forensic Dental Impressions
Fig. 13. Photograph showing bite mark on back, with scales. Individual tooth detail is visible. © Northumbria Police. Used with permission.

teeth from the dental models will be produced to facilitate physical comparisons. Currently, the best method for overlay production to achieve accuracy and reproducibility is the computer-generated method (17).

The importance of following the correct procedures for evidence documentation, collection, preservation, and storage with continuity of evidence cannot be overstressed.

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