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Type: Journal article
Title: A study of osseointegrated dental implants following cremation
Author: Berketa, J.
James, H.
Langlois, N.
Richards, L.
Citation: Australian Dental Journal, 2014; 59(2):149-155
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0045-0421
1834-7819
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JW Berketa, H James, NEI Langlois and LC Richards
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The comparison of dental morphology and restorative work for human identification has been well documented. This case study involved documentation of osseointegrated and clinically restored dental implants following cremation. METHODS: The mandible and the maxilla were excised from a head containing implants and cremated. The remains were retrieved, digital and radiographic images were taken and elemental analysis undertaken. The brand of implants was identified utilizing web based search engines. A prosthodontist, known to commonly use this implant system, was approached to ascertain possibilities that matched the data given. RESULTS: Following cremation the implants were identified and a prosthodontist was able to identify the deceased. Two implants in the maxilla had dehiscences on their buccal surfaces, which could not be detected by periapical radiographs. CONCLUSIONS: Dental implants osseointegrated and restored with a prosthetic superstructure were recognizable following severe incineration. It was possible to trace back the identity of the unknown victim to a prosthodontist. Bone dehiscences discovered in this study highlighted how two-dimensional radiographs may not reveal lack of bone support.
Keywords: Forensic identification; implants; cremation; dehiscence
Rights: © 2014 Australian Dental Association
RMID: 0030014033
DOI: 10.1111/adj.12170
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