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Natl J Maxillofac Surg. 2014 Jan;5(1):2-5. doi: 10.4103/0975-5950.140147.

Role of dental expert in forensic odontology.

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Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, King George's Medical University, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, India.
Department of Pathology, King George's Medical University, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, India.


Forensic dentistry has become an integral part of forensic science over the past 100 years that utilizes dental or oro-facial findings to serve the judicial system. This has been due to the dedication of people like Gustafson's, Keiser-Nielson, and Suzuki for this field. They established the essential role which forensic dentistry plays mainly in the identification of human remains. The tooth has been used as weapons and under certain circumstances, may leave information about the identity of the biter. Dental professionals have a major role to play in keeping accurate dental records and providing all necessary information so that legal authorities may recognize mal practice, negligence, fraud or abuse, and identity of unknown individuals. This paper will try to summarize the various roles of dental experts in forensic medicine.


Age estimation; bite mark; forensic dentistry; identification

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