Forensic Dentistry

Friday, December 13, 2019 at 8:30am to 4:30pm

Gatton Student Center, 212C Grand Ballroom
Avenue of Champions, Lexington, KY

Movies, TV, and books sensationalize criminal investigations and occasionally give a nod to the forensic dentist to solve cases.  In real life, forensic odontology is an integral component of the forensic team, making identifications of decedents and analyzing bitemarks and their link to alleged perpetrators.  The forensic dentist also has a role in person abuse, identifying non-accidental injuries of the face, teeth and jaws.

The first part of the presentation illustrates how a dentist trained in forensics determines identity of human remains.  Part two is a forensic dental safari through interesting and high profile cases that illustrate the challenges of the discipline.  Part three applies the identification process to mass fatality incidents.  Part four introduces the study of bitemarks from its history and acceptance as evidence in the United States to recent controversy questioning the validity of bitemark identification.  Part five deals with person maltreatment, its history, causes, identification of physical findings and the responsibility of the dental team.

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College of Dentistry
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