Denture marking

Denture marking

Fifth Cross Channel Conference on Forensic Medicine 1995 19 THURSDAY 20 APRIL 1995 AFTERNOON 15.45-17.30 F Chairman Co-chairman FORENSIC ODONTOLO...

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Fifth Cross Channel Conference on Forensic Medicine 1995


THURSDAY 20 APRIL 1995 AFTERNOON 15.45-17.30


Chairman Co-chairman


ORAL SESSION 15.45-16.00

Denture marking E. de Valck Forensic odontologist, Beigem, Belgium


Craniofacial identification of human remains in Chile P. Hernandez Mellado, J. Mery Alfonso, A. Gonzalez Figueroa Servicio medico legale de Chile, Santiago, Chile


Identification unit of the French National Gendarmerie for mass disaster victims Y. Schuliar, Ph. Masselin, J.F. Michaut, J. Salon, P. Lafargue IRCGN, Rosny sous Bois, France


Craniofacial reconstruction broadcasting: use in the identification process M. Evenot, A. Midavaine, V. Berchery, M. Durigon Laboratoire odontologie et anthropologie cranio-faciale, Universit6 Paris V and H6pital R. Poincar6, AP-HP, France


Comparative analysis of projective anthropometric measurements and proportion indices of the face at different angles of deflection in 50 Caucasian adult males using the optical surface scanner system A. Gonzalez, P. Vanezis, O. Trujilio, M. Vanezis Department of Forensic Medicine and Science, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK


1993 'A 10' highway victims' identification S. Chapenoire*, B. Camiade, C. de Brier, C. Doutrem6puich**, J-F. Bdquain*** *Forensic Medicine, **Haematology, ***Odontology, Bordeaux II University, France



ORAL SESSION Denture marking E d d y de V a l c k

Forensic Odontologist, Parklaan 10, B-1852 Beigem, Belgium Denture marking serves two purposes: it facilitates the return of dentures that are lost or accidentally misplaced which frequently occurs in hospitals, nursing homes and other long-term care institutions. It also facilitates the postmortem identification of unidentified edentulous people who wear dentures. The importance of marking dentures is shown by the fact that 20-25% of the adult population of the Western world who are older than 40 wear dentures. Replacing lost or accidently misplaced dentures is a time consuming and very expensive problem. But the loss is the greatest to the person who wears the dentures, and who after loosing his tools has considerable difficulties and suffers mentally. These factors can cause an estimated cost of nearly $70,000 per year to society. From a purely identification point of view, marked dentures

may be even more important, as a number of serious medico-legal problems occur if an unknown person can not be identified. These considerations should be strong enough to prompt any National Board of Health and Welfare to establish requirements concerning denture marking.

Craniofacial identification o f h u m a n r e m a i n s in Chile Patricia Hernandez Mellado, J a i m e M e r y Alfonso, America Gonzalez Figueroa

Servicio Medico Legal de Chile, Av La Paz #1012, Santiago, Chile One of the most used comparative techniques in forensic identification is craniofacial superimposition, in order to reach a successful identification, either in the live or dead person, using photographs or video technology. In our research we used classical landmarks. As is known in photographs not always is it possible to place the landmarks in the exact location, according to classical definition, and in order to resolve this problem we have developed a method that allows one to determine landmarks'