The radiographic evaluation of dental remains represents a significant aspect in the forensic identification process, particularly after an exposure to fire. The aim of this "in vitro" study was to evaluate the radiographic features of unrestored, endodontically treated and restored teeth after exposure to an experimental range of high temperatures. Ninety human teeth were divided into two groups: (1) unrestored teeth, as a control group and (2) teeth endodontically treated (condensation technique) and restored with amalgam or composite fillings. Before testing the high temperatures, periapical radiographs of all teeth were performed. The tests of exposure to heat were carried out in an oven for six different temperatures (200, 400, 600, 800, 1000 and 1100 degrees C (392, 752, 1112, 1472, 1832, 2012 degrees F)). After each exposure, periapical radiographs of all the teeth were taken. The radiographic appearance of all the teeth before and after the thermal stresses were evaluated and the differences were recorded. The results of the radiographic examination showed that a number of significant radiographic details were conserved: the composite fillings were in place maintaining the shape till 600 degrees C (1112 degrees F), the amalgam fillings were in place maintaining the shape till 1000 degrees C (1832 degrees F) and the endodontic treatments were recognisable till 1100 degrees C (2012 degrees F).

Radiographic evaluation of teeth subjected to high temperatures: experimental study to aid identification processes.

MERLATI, GIUSEPPE;DANESINO, PAOLO;FASSINA, GIOVANNI;MENGHINI, PAOLO
2006

Abstract

The radiographic evaluation of dental remains represents a significant aspect in the forensic identification process, particularly after an exposure to fire. The aim of this "in vitro" study was to evaluate the radiographic features of unrestored, endodontically treated and restored teeth after exposure to an experimental range of high temperatures. Ninety human teeth were divided into two groups: (1) unrestored teeth, as a control group and (2) teeth endodontically treated (condensation technique) and restored with amalgam or composite fillings. Before testing the high temperatures, periapical radiographs of all teeth were performed. The tests of exposure to heat were carried out in an oven for six different temperatures (200, 400, 600, 800, 1000 and 1100 degrees C (392, 752, 1112, 1472, 1832, 2012 degrees F)). After each exposure, periapical radiographs of all the teeth were taken. The radiographic appearance of all the teeth before and after the thermal stresses were evaluated and the differences were recorded. The results of the radiographic examination showed that a number of significant radiographic details were conserved: the composite fillings were in place maintaining the shape till 600 degrees C (1112 degrees F), the amalgam fillings were in place maintaining the shape till 1000 degrees C (1832 degrees F) and the endodontic treatments were recognisable till 1100 degrees C (2012 degrees F).
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