When most people think of forensic odontology they envision a dentist making an identification of a deceased individual by means of their dental records. However, the truth is forensic odontology includes many fields of expertise and is comprised of civil as well as criminal matters. The civil side involves standard of care and personal injury matters, while the criminal side involves not only dental identification, but management of mass fatality incidence, age assessment, child and elder abuse, and bitemark analysis. A forensic odontologist must also possess the skills necessary to convey their opinions as may be required by law. This may include something as simple as a report, but it may also include sworn testimony by way of deposition or court appearance. Forensic Odontology: Principles and Practice details the aspects necessary to become an accomplished forensic odontologist, including illustrating the skills necessary to also become an accomplished expert witness. This text is written for both the experienced and the novice forensic odontologist.
1. Forensic Sciences and Forensic Identification2. History and Scope of Forensic Odontology3. Dental Identification and Radiographic Pitfalls4. Dental Photography5. Disaster Victim Identification6. Missing and Unidentified Persons7. Domestic Violence8. Assessment of Dental Age9. Patterned Injury Analysis and Bitemark Comparison10. United States Jurisprudence and Admissibility of Evidence11. Expert Witness Guidelines and Testimony12. Expert Witness Liability13. Ethical Issues in Forensic Science and Forensic Odontology14. Forensic Odontology related specialties