Forensic dentistry now and in the future

Manica, S. and Forgie, A. (2017) Forensic dentistry now and in the future. Dental Update, 44(6), pp. 522-530. (doi: 10.12968/denu.2017.44.6.522)

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

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Forgie, Dr Andrew
Authors: Manica, S., and Forgie, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:Dental Update
Publisher:Mark Allen Group
Published Online:22 June 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 MA Healthcare Limited
First Published:First published in Dental Update 44(6): 522-530
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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