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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-35

Bitemarks - A review

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, A. J. Institute of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka, India

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Dhanya S Rao
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, A. J. Institute of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2348-2915.180115

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Teeth have been used as tools and weapons since the advent of time. Bite marks inflicted by them during violent interactions, form the basis for one of the most intriguing, broad and sometimes controversial encounters in forensic dentistry. Bite mark evidence validates the involvement of the alleged biter in the crime, assuming that the person who made the bite was the one who committed the crime. Forensic odontologist has to determine that the pattern injury is a bite mark record and it represents a human bite and has to make a decision as to its evidentiary value. This recognition and examination of the bite marks and their subsequent comparison with suspects, may lead to criminal identification thereby resolving the crime. This article aims at providing complete review on formation, collection and identification of bitemarks.

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