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The impression created by compression of soft tissue by the teeth. It is used as an important feature in forensic dentistry analysis. Bitemarks typically present as semicircular injuries comprising two separate arcs, one for the upper teeth and one for the lower. The severity of the injury is dependent on the force applied and the anatomical location.

Further Reading:

Pretty I. A. Forensic dentistry: 2 Bitemarks and bite injuries. Dent Update 2008;35:48–61.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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