The role of military dental capabilities in mass fatality situations

Mil Med. 2013 May;178(5):523-8. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-12-00399.


Recent experience with the New Zealand Defence Force in supporting the national disaster victim identification operation following destructive earthquakes in Canterbury, New Zealand, highlights the important role military forensic odontology capabilities can provide in supporting a national disaster response. Military dental personnel are well-trained, practiced, and prepared to support short-notice contingencies and can provide important immediate response augmentation to Disaster Victim Identification teams following a multiple-fatality event. The role of military forensic odontology capabilities in multiple-fatality incidents is reviewed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disasters*
  • Forensic Dentistry / methods*
  • Humans
  • Mass Casualty Incidents / statistics & numerical data*
  • Military Dentistry / methods*
  • Military Personnel*
  • New Zealand
  • Societies, Medical