Copper vapour laser ID labelling on metal dentures and restorations


  • B. C. Ling Faculty of Delltistry, Universiti Keballgsaall Malaysia, Kuala Lllmpur, Malaysia.
  • P. Nambiar Facility of Dentistl)'. University of Malaya, Kuala LUII/pll/;Malaysia.
  • K. S. Low Departll/ent of Physics. University of Malaysia.
  • C. K. Lee Fotontec Sdn. Bhd. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Denture marking is accepted as a means of identifying dentures and persons in geriatric institutions, or post-mortem during war, crimes, civil unrest, natural and mass disasters. Labelling on the acrylic resin component of the denture can easily be damaged or destroyed by fire but on cobalt-chromium components it would be more resistant. A copper vapour laser (CVL) can be used to label the cobalt-chromium components of dentures and metal restorations easily, and legibly, and miniaturised for the incorporation of more personal particulars necessary for the identification of the deceased person. The CVL beam is focussed by its optics and delivered to the material surface by the two-axis scanner mounted with mirrors. A personal computer controls the movement of the scanner and the tiring of the CVL. The high peak power of the pulsed CVL is focussed to very high energy density producing plasma ablation of the alloy surface. Very fine markings of a few microns width can be produced enabling the storage of detailed information of the deceased person on a metal surface for the purpose of rapid identification.




How to Cite

Ling, B. C., Nambiar, P., Low, K. S., & Lee, C. K. (2023). Copper vapour laser ID labelling on metal dentures and restorations. The Journal of Forensic Odonto-Stomatology - JFOS, 21(1), 17: 22. Retrieved from



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