October - December 2014

Vol. 5 - 4



The Role of Complete Dentures in Forensic Identification using Memory Card

(Rahul Tyagi, Sandeep Shukla, Harpal Singh, Chandana Nair, Swrajya Bharathi)



Identification of individuals in crime or mass disaster is a daunting task for the forensic experts, especially while carrying out a medicolegal investigation as in identifying bodies in a natural calamity or, in cases of accident, loss of memory, states of unconsciousness or being inadvertently misplaced during admission to a hospital. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of using a memory card for the forensic identification of dentures. The memory card was programmed with all the relevant information regarding the patient identification and the photograph of the patient. A recess was made in the maxillary denture’s polished surface on the palatal aspect. The card was wrapped in cellophane, placed in the recess and then covered with pink autopolymerizing acrylic resin. On retrieval of the card from the denture, the entire data could be read as before without any distortion. The identification cards did not pose any problems in function and speech and were esthetically acceptable by the patients.

Key words:Forensic identification, Memory card, Denture, Bacterial infection.