International Journal of Forensic Odontology

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30--33

Truth from untruth: Dental pulp and its role in forensic odontology – a retrospective review


Jayalakshmi Kumaraswamy1, Jaya Naidu2, Raghunandan Bangalore Nagarajachar1, Mahesh Batalahalli Sreenivas Reddy3 
1 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Paedodontics, Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Jayalakshmi Kumaraswamy
Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India

Forensic identification by its nature is a multi-disciplinary approach relying on positive identification methodology. This branch dealing with the identification of the deceased has many maxims, the best known of which, is that every contact leaves its trace. The identification of dental remains are of primary importance when the deceased person is skeletonized, decomposed, burned, or dismembered. A google literature search was done on various studies done using dental pulp in forensic odontology. Based on the available data, the details were analysed and reviewed. Pulp plays a pivital role in forensic odontology. Pulpal tissue can be used for molecular analysis to determine Age, Sex and Blood group antigen. Apart from these, the extracted DNA from Pulp can be used for Personal Identification. Odontoblasts present in pulp can be used to assess age as well as the days of death. To conclude Dental pulp has a high potential value in forensic odontology.


How to cite this article:
Kumaraswamy J, Naidu J, Nagarajachar RB, Reddy MB. Truth from untruth: Dental pulp and its role in forensic odontology – a retrospective review.Int J Forensic Odontol 2017;2:30-33


How to cite this URL:
Kumaraswamy J, Naidu J, Nagarajachar RB, Reddy MB. Truth from untruth: Dental pulp and its role in forensic odontology – a retrospective review. Int J Forensic Odontol [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 May 26 ];2:30-33
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