Human Identification by Comparative Dental Analysis

ANSI/ADA Technical Report No. 1088 Executive Summary

What is ANSI/ADA Standard No. 1088 about?

This report contains recommended guidelines and current best practices for the identification of individuals using dental records. It includes information about the forensic odontological identification process and what may be requested from law enforcement agencies and/or medical examiners/coroner offices. 

What are the issues covered in this technical report?

This report contains the best available current guidelines and recommendations from the forensic odontology community on the identification of both human remains and living individuals who are unable to identify themselves. In addition, it includes information on how to obtain comparative forensic dental data as well as recommended methods of reconciling this data in order to establish an identification.

Who should read this technical report?

This report is relevant to practicing dentists, forensic odontologists, forensic pathologists, medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement personnel, dental school personnel, emergency planners and others who may be called upon to identify an individual using dental data.

Why should dentists be familiar with this information?

Dentists often play a key role in unknown individuals and human remains. Practitioners may be called upon by law enforcement, medical examiners, and coroners to supply dental records.  Understanding what information may be required and the forensic odontological identification process is essential in order to properly assist these agencies and to ultimately reunite families with their loved ones.

What other standards might be of interest to dentists?

In order to ensure that dental information is conveyed in a uniform manner ANSI/ADA Standard No. 1058 Forensic Dental Data Set provides a set of common forensic dental descriptors.