Incorporation of Radio Frequency Identification Tag in Dentures to Facilitate Recognition and Forensic Human Identification

E Nuzzolese1, *, V Marcario2, G Di Vella3
1 Forensic Odontologist, Bari, Italy
2 Dental Technician, Bitritto, (Bari), Italy
3 Associate Professor in Forensic Pathology, Sezione di Medicina Legale, Università degli Studi “A. Moro”, Bari, Italy

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Forensic identification using odontology is based on the comparison of ante-mortem and post mortem dental records. The insertion of a radio frequency identification (RFId) tag into dentures could be used as an aid to identify decomposed bodies, by storing personal identification data in a small transponder that can be radio-transmitted to a reader connected to a computer. A small passive, 12 x 2,1 mm, read-only RFId-tag was incorporated into the manufacture of three trial complete upper dentures and tested for a signal. The aim of this article is to demonstrate the feasibility of manufacturing such a dental prosthesis, the technical protocols for its implantation in the denture resin and its working principles. Future research and tests are required in order to verify human compatibility of the tagged denture and also to evaluate any potential deterioration in strength when subjected to high temperatures, or for damage resulting from everyday wear and tear. It should also be able to withstand the extreme conditions resulting from major accidents or mass disasters and procedures used to perform a forensic identification.

Keywords: Forensic dentistry, denture labelling, radio-frequency identification, human identification, forensic science.