Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2017)
Bite marks: A potent tool in forensic dentistry: A review
Author(s): Dr. Shazia Shafat Shah
Abstract: In mortal combat situations such as the violence associated with life and death struggles between assailants and victims, the teeth are often used as a weapon. Indeed, using the teeth to inflict serious injury on an attacker may be the only available defensive method for a victim. Alternatively, it is well known that assailants in sexual attacks, including sexual homicide, rape and child sexual abuse, often bite their victims as an expression of dominance, rage and animalistic behavior. The teeth are a significant component of our natural arsenal. Bite marks have become one of the many different ways in which an assailant can be identified after an attack on another individual. The analysis of human bite marks is by far the most challenging and detailed part of forensic dentistry.