William Bass

[24jul12Sl lab mikropal 5ram1433H]

ANTEMORTEM & POSTMORTEM TOOTH LOSS
^^ Teeth that originally were present but lost before examination present more of a problem. Of course, if the teeth were lost POSTMORTEM, the cavities for the roots will be present in the alveoli. However, if a tooth was lost ANTEMORTEM, the alveolus may have resorbed, leaving little or no indication of the root cavity. ANTEMORTEM tooth loss usually can be detected by the characteristic distorted and unequal appearance of the alveolus (Bass 1987:277)

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