Forensic odontologist

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Forensic odontology (Forensic dentistry) is the application of dental knowledge to those criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system. Forensic dentists are involved in assisting investigative agencies to identify recovered human remains in addition to the identification of whole or fragmented bodies; forensic dentists may also be asked to assist in determining age, race, occupation, previous dental history and socioeconomic status of unidentified human beings. Forensic odontologists are involved in:

• identification of unknown human remains

• identification of deceased individuals following mass disasters

• examination and assessment of bite mark injuries

• examination and assessment of facial injuries following assault or trauma

• age assessment of both living and deceased persons

• examination and assessment of child abuse injuries

• civil cases involving malpractice and fraud allegations.

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