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

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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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Keywords: denture; education; forensic science; identification; marking; postmortem

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K.

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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