The Application of Tetracyclines in Forensic Dentistry

    Volume 25, Issue 3 (July 1980)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 July 1980

    Page Count: 7


    Buchner, A
    Professor of pathology, Sackler School of Medicine, Ramat Aviv,

    Metzger, Z
    Director of research laboratory, School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Md

    (Received 12 July 1979; accepted 5 November 1979)

    Abstract

    Therapeutic administration of tetracyclines, widely used antibiotic drugs, permanently labels layers of dentin that are calcifying at the same time. A method is described for detecting and photographing these stained layers of dentin. The presence of tetracycline-labeled dentin layers in the teeth of subjects of a forensic science investigation can be used for the individualization of specimens as well as to provide information about the age of the individual. When compared to medical records, the tetracycline-labeled dentin layers can also assist in establishing the identity of the subject. The interpretation of tetracycline-labeled dentin layers and its pitfalls are discussed.


    Paper ID: JFS11263J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11263J

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