Published Online: 1 July 1980
Page Count: 7
Professor of pathology, Sackler School of Medicine, Ramat Aviv,
Director of research laboratory, School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Md
(Received 12 July 1979; accepted 5 November 1979)
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