Its strange that the Russian officials reportedly will not include odontology (forensic dentistry) in this human recovery event. Dentistry is included in forensic protocols throughout the world. Considering the high fragmentation of the passengers and crew’s remains, the Russian government will be processing thousands of tissue pieces and it’s unlikely they will process each fragment for DNA. Dental jaw fragments and teeth are strongly resistant to high energy impacts. They quickly achieve identifications when compared to dental records (nearly 25% in aircraft disasters). Significant numbers of human identifications also occur from medical devices ( metallic implants ) photographs, fingerprints, personnel effects ( jewelry, wallets), and tatoos from mass fatality incidents.
Officials should not mislead families by saying DNA will identify all the victims. Families deserve to have the best services made available during this tragedy.