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Article: Volume 44 Number 6 Page 522 - June 2017

  Dent Update 2017; 44: 522-530  Read article

Forensic Dentistry:  Forensic Dentistry Now and in the Future

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Abstract: Forensic dentistry (odontology) deals with the examination, handling and presentation of dental evidence for the legal system. In the UK this work mainly involves criminal cases but in many other countries its remit also extends to civil litigation. There are four main aspects to forensic dentistry: single body identification, Disaster Victim Identification (DVI), age estimation and bite mark identification and analysis. This article provides a brief introduction to the topics and discusses potential future developments that aim to reduce the subjectivity in the analysis process and simplify presentation of evidence to non-dental parties.

Clinical relevance: This article highlights ways that dental practitioners can assist legal investigations and, in particular, forensic dentists.

Author notes: Scheila Manica, DDS, MSc, PhD, Lecturer, Centre for Forensic and Legal Medicine, University of Dundee and Andrew Forgie, BDS, PhD, FDS(Rest Dent), RCS(Ed), FDS RCPS(Glasg), Senior Clinical University Teacher, Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, University of Glasgow, 378 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JZ, UK.

Objective: To understand the scope of forensic dentistry and how research and development may help overcome current limitations in the field