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Forensic Odontology

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Forensic odontology (also called Forensic Dentistry) deals with the proper handling, examination and evaluation of dental evidence, which will be then presented in the interest of justice.

The evidence that may be gathered from teeth, is the age (in children) and identification of the person to whom the teeth belong. This is done using dental records or prior to death photographs.

The other type of evidence is that of bite marks, left on either the victim (by the attacker), the perpetrator (from the victim of an attack), or on an object found at the crime scene. Bite marks are often found on children who are abused.

Forensic dentists are responsible for five main areas of practice:

  • Identification of found human remains

  • Identification where there are many deaths involved

  • Assessment of bite mark injuries

  • Assessment of cases of abuse (child, spousal, elder)

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