A bite mark case was received from the Eastern Cape for
analysis in the Department of Oral Pathology and Oral Biology.
The evidence included a photograph of a bite mark
on the left cheek of the victim, see Figure 1, two silicone
impressions of the bite mark and a set of study models of
the suspect’s dentition. Although the evidence proved to
be sufficient for analysis, the recommended protocol for
the collection of evidence was not followed.1 No American
Board of Forensic Pathology (ABFO) rule or metric scale
was used during the photographic session and the impression
was extremely thin with no backing to maintain
anatomical contours of the area bitten.