RE: [forensic-science] Swirl pattern on teeth...
- Hi, try reading whatever BM magazines you can get hold of locally, or try
http://www.bme.com for some examples of teeth modification.
I have reviewed cases where the bodies at post mortem (aka autopsy!) showed
filed and striated teeth produced by dental work; these usually go along
with multiple piercings and tattoos, as you would expect. In your
circumstances its likely she was identified (just as one would for any Jane
Doe by her tattoos) by asking around at tattoo parlours etc; Teeth
modification is unusual and would be remembered by local aficionados, and
would also be pretty visible to anyone she spoke to of course! Or maybe by
police records, although one might expect fingerprints from the dermis even
if she was in poor condition (depends on the temperature of the 'hot pool'
and time of immersion what her condition was).
So I think its likely the swirls were BM rather than some obscure Oregonian
enamel defect, and the solution was simple. But I am not a Dentist...
Dave Barclay BSc. MSc., Forensic Consultant
Senior lecturer Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
Hon Professor University of Hull
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Sent: 28 December 2009 06:10
Subject: [forensic-science] Swirl pattern on teeth...
I am a Pathologist Assistant, now I mostly deal with Medical/hospital cases.
Earlier in my career, I did a lot of Medical Examiner's cases. I worked with
Dr. William E. Alexander, a forensic dentist from the Eugene, Oregon area.
He was a dear friend of mine. He passed away Thanksgiving Day 2009. A great
guy to work with.. A lot of x-rays, dental charts, and cutting out of jaws
all these years.
A number of years ago.. Dr. Alexander and I worked on a case.. A lady found
deceased in a hot spring pool. We had no idea who she was. Only a nickname,
like FEATHER. As far as her real name and who she really was.. Was unknown
in the beginning.
Dr. Alexander was able to figure out who she was by the "swirl marks on her
teeth or the enamel of her teeth.. He said.. But he never filled me in on
any more details than that. Also she came from an area perhaps 150-200 miles
to the south... A dentist put the swirl marks on her teeth ?? Or some
condition about Southern Oregon ?? That would cause this ??
I kind of would like to close my mind on this issue.. What was it about the
swirl marks on her teeth ?? Anyone have any possible ideas ?? Dr. Alexander
is gone now, but that little question.. Just lingers in the back of my
mind.. Any suggestions ?? Anyone ever heard of swirl marks on teeth ?? Due
to some condition or a dentist did it ??
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