Person identification by means of a single unique dental feature

De Villiers C.J. ; Phillips V.M. (1998)


The combination of restorative procedures, developmental or acquired defects, or abnormalities of teeth enables the forensic dentist to make a meaningful comparison of ante- and postmortem data in search of the identity of a person. Dental records are not always sufficiently accurate to supply 12 concordant points from which a positive identification can be made. Under certain circumstances a single feature may be so extraordinary or unique that it alone can be sufficient to make a positive identification. Two cases of identification in which only one unique feature was used are reported.

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