Forensic Odontology: A Handbook for Human Identification

Bite Marks: A Pragmatic Approach in Identification

Author(s): Jayant Kumar Gahlot* and Hemant Sawhney

Pp: 187-206 (20)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815124392123010011

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Teeth can be used as a weapon when an individual tries to harm another, or can be used by the victim attempting to protect themselves from an attacker. Bite marks are a clinical representation of intraoral structures (tooth and other soft tissues) on any object by an animal or human. Bite mark assessment can play a critical role in the identification of persons in forensic-related cases. Bite marks are usually found in various crime scenes, such as sexual assault, rape, murder, cases of child abuse and during sports activities. This chapter reviews the basics of the bite mark pattern, characteristics, and significance of bite marks in forensic science to solve crimes.

Keywords: Bite marks, Characteristics, Dental impression, Forensic odontology, Forensic science, Forensic dentistry

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