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The Forensic Science Standards Board has been established with a subcommittee on Odontology in the Scientific Area Committee for Medico / Legal Death Investigation. (see http://www.nist.gov/forensics/osac.cfm)

NIST is pleased to announce that it has developed a capability to translate input and output from the major forensic dental systems (each of which uses different coding and terminology) with a new program DEnT. The system currently incorporates UDIM and WinID. NCIC and NamUS are currently undergoing revision, so a direct electronic interface with them is not yet possible. When it is possible, that capability will be added. In the interim, NIST plans to develop an output file that mimics the input data sheets for those two systems.

To load DEnT, see the procedure below.

Dental Encoding Translator Applications Suite (DEnTAS)

STEP 1 - Download the DEnTAS Executable

To obtain the DEnTAS software, right-click on this link, DEnTAS software, and select 'Save link as'. Save to any convenient folder on your computer.

STEP 2 - Run the DEnTAS Executable

Installation requirements:

  1. You must have Administrator privileges to run successfully.
  2. You must have at least 500MB free space on your C: drive to install the DEnTAS tools.


  1. Navigate to the folder where you downloaded the DEnTAS executable.
  2. Double-click DEnTAS_vN_N_N.exe.

The executable will perform the following in order:

  1. Extract the DEnTAS software to the C:\DEnTAS folder:
    • This folder will be created if it does not exist
    • This folder cannot be changed
  2. Auto-open an instruction page in your default browser:
    • If this page does not open, manually open the C:\DEnTAS\DEnTAS_vN_N_N\DEnT\docs\install\install.html file.
  3. Start the RailsInstaller wizard.

After extraction of the DEnTAS software, the RailsInstaller Setup dialog/wizard may be under other windows, or at a minimum, under the auto-opened installation instructions web page.

The Setup icon will be available on the Taskbar.

Or, press Alt-Tab to select.

STEP 3 - Follow the Instructions on the Auto-Opened, DEnTAS-Install Webpage

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American Board of Forensic Odontology  

ABFO Standards and Guidelines  

Foundational Forensic Science Annotated Bibliographies  

American Board of Orthodontics  


American Dental Association  

ANSI/ADA Standard No 1058 – Forensic Dental Data Set  

ANSI/ADA Standard No 1067 – Standard Functional Requirements for an Electronic
Dental Record System

ANSI/ADA Standard No 1077 Dental Biometric Descriptors  

ANSI/ADA Standard No 3950 – Designation System for Teeth and Areas of the Oral


Federal Bureau of Investigation  

Unidentified Person File Data Collection Entry Guide
NCIC 2000 Operating Manual Missing Person File

National Electrical Manufacturers Asociation  

Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)

National Insititue of Standards and Technology  

ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011 Update:2013 (incorporating Sup:Dental)    

National Transportation Safety Board  

DMORT Standard Operating Procedures for NSTB Activations, Section 4.9

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)  

NamUs Unidentified Person Case Data Entry Form

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) Policy Manual)  

Department of Defense  

JPAC Laboratory Manual, SOP 3.5: Forensic Odontology


WinID Dental Coding
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology - WinID Coding
Health and Human Service's DMORT - WinID Coding
Bylaws used for non-profits