Forensic dentistry has been a part of our esteemed profession since the Revolutionary War times. Over those many decades, the evolution of contemporary forensic dentistry has progressed continuously to its current practice. This course will review how forensic dentistry is used in cases involving violent crime related that include the infliction of human bitemarks, the process of dental identification of human remains, including multiple fatality incidents, human abuse as seen in the practice of dentistry, the use of dental age estimation in modern society and the interaction of the dental record with the law in cases of malpractice and personal injury.
At the conclusion of this presentation, each participant should be familiar with:
- The main components of forensic odontology
- The detection and case flow of violent criminal cases that involve the infliction of human bitemarks
- How dentistry is able to assist in dental identification of human remains, in both isolated single cases and in multiple fatality incidents
- Recognizing and reporting of incidents of human abuse seen in the dental office
- How dental age estimation is used to help determine the age of illegal immigrants and/or criminals (adult versus child) as related to deportation and prosecutions
- The importance of the dental record in litigating dental standard of care (malpractice) and personal injury cases involving dental facial injury cases