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Reconstruction of root morphology in skeletonized remains with postmortem dental loss.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1545198     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A reversible technique is presented in which the root morphology of missing teeth in skeletonized human remains can be reconstructed for the purpose of radiographic comparison and postmortem identification. In this technique, which is based upon pilot studies with skeletonized mandibles of archival remains, the alveolar socket walls are sealed with a coat of cyanoacrylate cement and injected with a mixture of vinyl polysiloxane and barium sulfate. Radiographs are produced with the radiopaque mixture in place, which highlights the antemortem morphology of the roots. Subsequently, the impression material is removed, resulting in no gross alteration of the evidence. The radiographs made with this technique, as well as the impressions, can be stored for later use at a trial or pending the discovery of antemortem dental evidence.
B C Smith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  1992 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-04-14     Completed Date:  1992-04-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  176-84     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Naval Dental School, Bethesda, MD.
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MeSH Terms
Alveolar Process / radiography*
Asian Continental Ancestry Group
Barium Sulfate
Dental Impression Materials
Forensic Dentistry / methods*
Mandible / radiography*
Postmortem Changes*
Tooth Root / anatomy & histology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dental Impression Materials; 0/Polyvinyls; 0/Siloxanes; 0/vinyl polysiloxane; 7727-43-7/Barium Sulfate

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