Charred: Forensic dental identification and scanning electron microscope


Luiz Francesquini Júnior
Viviane Ulbricht
Adriano Martins
Rhonan Silva
João Pereira Neto
Eduardo Daruge Júnior


"The identification of bone and dental remains to establish identity, requested by police and judicial authorities, has increased annually because criminals have been using sophisticated methods that make this identification impractical. This study reports a murder case by charring, which creates dental and bone calcination. In 2013, a completely burned car was examined by forensic experts, containing charred, calcined human bones and teeth inside its trunk, thus an identity needed to be established. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used as a supporting method and indicated the presence of restorative materials, which were compatible and consistent with the chart and radiographic shots provided by the victim's dental surgeon. The SEM examination reinforced the positive identification of the alleged victim performed by comparative radiographic examinations (antemortem and postmortem) in the dental fragments found. It is a supporting method that, even though it does not establish the identity, it helps in the process of identification."


How to Cite
Luiz Francesquini Júnior, Viviane Ulbricht, Adriano Martins, Rhonan Silva, João Pereira Neto, & Eduardo Daruge Júnior. (2018). Charred: Forensic dental identification and scanning electron microscope. Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences, 10(3), 164–168.


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