Presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 18–23, 2008, in Washington, DC.
The Teaching of Denture Marking Methods in Dental Schools in the United Kingdom and the United States
Article first published online: 5 OCT 2009
© 2009 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 54, Issue 6, pages 1407–1410, November 2009
How to Cite
Richmond, R. and Pretty, I. A. (2009), The Teaching of Denture Marking Methods in Dental Schools in the United Kingdom and the United States. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 54: 1407–1410. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2009.01174.x
Dr. Iain Pretty is funded by a Clinician Scientist Award from the National Institute for Health Research, U.K.
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 5 OCT 2009
- Received 28 July 2008; and in revised form 2 Dec. 2008; accepted 6 Dec. 2008.
- forensic science;
Abstract: Forensic organizations worldwide have recommended that dental prostheses should be marked with, at a minimum, the patient’s name and preferably with further unique identifiers such as a social security number. The current study aimed to assess the denture marking practice of dental schools within the United States and the United Kingdom. A questionnaire-based survey was employed to gain both quantitative and qualitative data on the methods, practices, and ethos behind denture marking in 14 U.K. and 32 U.S. dental schools. One hundred percent of U.K. and 87.5% of U.S. schools returned surveys and the results suggest that, for dental schools where there is no legal or legislative need for denture marking, the practice is inconsistently taught and appears to be reliant on internal forces within the school to increase awareness. Among those schools practicing marking, only 18% employ a technique likely to withstand common postmortem assaults; this is a concern.