Dentistry & Odontology

Forensic dentistry or forensic odontology 

The application of dental knowledge to those criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system.

Forensic odontology is a branch of forensic medicine and, in the interests of justice, deals with the proper examination, handling and presentation of dental evidence in a court of law. The work of forensic odontologist covers:

  • Identification of unknown human remains through dental records and assisting at the scene of a mass disaster

  • Age estimations of both living and deceased persons including neo-natal remains

  • Analysis of bite marks found on victims of an attack

  • Identification of bitemarks in other substances such as wood, leather and foodstuffs

  • Analysis of weapon marks using the principles of bite mark analysis

  • Presentation of bite and weapon mark evidence in court as an expert witness

  • Assistance in building up a picture of lifestyle and diet at an archaeological site.

Our Forensic Odontologist experts

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