Odontology forensic odontologist. A forensic dentist is an informal title for a forensic odontologist a medical professional who is trained in odontology a branch of forensic science that. The work of a forensic odontologist covers the following. Forensic odontology or forensic dentistry is a branch of forensic science dealing with the application of any dental information usable in the court of law. Odontologists study how they are structured how they develop and the various diseases that affect them.
Forensic odontologists are highly experienced specially trained dentists who use their expertise to help identify unknown remains and trace bite marks to a specific individual. The term forensics means of or having to do with questions of law forensic odontology is the application of an odontologists work toward the legal sphere such as in criminal cases. Identification of unknown human remains through dental records and assisting at the scene of a mass disaster. Criminals have been known to leave bite mark impressions at the crime scene whether it be in food chewing gum or more commonly on the victim.
The abfo is comprised of individuals who are nationally and internationally recognized experts. Forensic dentists odontologists examine the development anatomy and any restorative dental corrections of the teeth such as fillings to make a comparative identification of a person. It mostly revolves around identification and it deals with the handling examination and comparison of teeth and bite marks. Odontology is the science of teeth.
In response to this professional mandate the american board of forensic odontology was organized in 1976 under the auspices of the national institute of justice.