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The Teaching of Denture Marking Methods in Dental Schools in the United Kingdom and the United States*

Authors

  • Raymond Richmond B.Sc., M.Phil,

    1. School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K.
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  • Iain A. Pretty B.D.S.(Hons), M.Sc., Ph.D., M.F.D.S. R.C.S.(Ed)

    1. School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K.
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  • *

    Presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 18–23, 2008, in Washington, DC.

  • Dr. Iain Pretty is funded by a Clinician Scientist Award from the National Institute for Health Research, U.K.

Additional information and reprint requests:
Iain A. Pretty
Dental Health Unit
3A Skelton House, Lloyd Street North
Manchester Science Park
Manchester M15 6SH
U.K.
E-mail: iain.pretty@manchester.ac.uk

Abstract

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.

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