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OdontoSearch 3.0


Instructions for Use of OdontoSearch

  1. Recognize that OdontoSearch 3.0 is an identification tool for determining the frequency of occurrence for specific dental patterns formed by missing, filled, and unrestored teeth. Only the permanent teeth are considered. This program will be very useful in situations where a correspondence has already been established between the antemortem records of a missing individual and the postmortem charting of an unidentified set of remains. OdontoSearch 3.0 will calculate the frequency that this specific dental pattern is observed in the U.S. population based on comparison with large datasets. These statistics can then be incorporated into the identification process and relatively rare dental patterns can be objectively recognized. To use the program, first determine whether the generic or detailed format of the search is appropriate to your needs (see Dental Codes Table). It may be worthwhile to perform both types of searches. For cases where the majority of teeth are available for comparison, there will not be a significant difference between the generic or detailed frequency results. The generic searches will provide the most conservative frequency information.


  2. OdontoSearch 3.0 allows the user to customize the searches based on specific demographic parameters. The default is to search the entire database, but queries can also be conducted by selecting GENDER, RACE, and AGE INTERVALS.


  3. Enter the appropriate codes for either the detailed or generic search in the spaces that correspond with either the Universal Charting System or the ISO System (note that selection of the tooth numbering system will change the user interface in the OdontoSearch 3.0 program). Third molars are not considered in the search.

If explainable discrepancies are noted between the antemortem and postmortem records (e.g., antemortem record shows a filling and the postmortem record shows an extraction), it is recommended that these teeth should be coded as "/" (i.e., no information) in OdontoSearch. These teeth should not be factored into the OdontoSearch dental pattern. In other words, the data entered into OdontoSearch should focus only on the teeth that show exact antemortem/postmortem correspondence. An important consideration is that unexplainable discrepancies (e.g., antemortem record shows an MOD filling but the postmortem record shows a Virgin tooth) may be indicative of an exclusion or charting error.

The OdontoSearch 3.0 program is constructed so that codes can be easily selected by using check boxes. As selections are made, the corresponding code appears below the tooth number. Users should verify that the intended code is displayed in the window. For the detailed codes, check boxes are present for indicating specific tooth surfaces with restorations. For the generic codes, the surface information is disregarded. See the Dental Coding tab for more information.

Codes can be entered for any number of teeth. The slash code for "no information" ( / ) is the default selection when accessing the search page.

  1. Click the "Search" button.!