Forensics in dentistry is a term we all heard about on the TV crime dramas and perhaps even seen it in the movies but what does the practice exactly entail? Forensic dentistry also known asÂ forensic odontology is the proper handling, examination and evaluation of dental evidence, which will be then presented in the interest of justice.
The main roles of a forensic dentist is toÂ identify human remains and mass fatalities, assess bite mark injuries and cases of abuse, identifying age and being involved in civil cases that involve malpractice. Forensic dentists are usually brought in for large homicide type cases including the federal building bombing in Oklahoma City, and the Jeffrey Dahmer murders.
The arrangement of each person’s teeth is virtually unique. By studying a set of teeth and comparing the teeth with dental records forensic dentists are able to establish the identity of a body, just like fingerprints or DNA evidence. With today’s technology dentists who work in forensics now can establish a positive identification of human remains — sometimes in a matter of minutes, even without dental records.
Gentle Dental dentists do not perform forensics but we thought this was an important to touch upon, especially for anyone missing a friend or relative.Â To schedule a regular dental appointment though, call your local Gentle Dental dentist today by calling 1-888-513-7436.