Different Aspect of Forensic Odontology

AUTHOR(s) : Kalita Chandana, Mahanta P
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Introduction: Expert testimony is very much essential in any civil as well as criminal trials. Forensic medicine experts, those who are called to the court for their professional view must be amply qualified for the job. If there is any dental injury relating to a crime or dental malpractice, forensic dentist are also called for expert opinion. Objectives: Collecting different anecdotes from different journals and other source, this paper has reviewed the role and importance of forensic dentists in the field of forensic investigation. Discussion: In any massacre of natural disaster or any crime scene involving single or multiple murders, identification of the deceased as well as the person involved is very much essential. Teeth and its associated structure help to achieve estimation of age, sex, race, reconstruction of facial anatomy, lip print, DNA fingerprinting, etc. Conclusion: Forensic dentistry is the study and practice of different aspects of dentistry that are relevant to legal problems. Identification of a person from different dental records by a forensic dentist has been already established and accepted in court. Keywords: Forensic dentistry, Age estimation, Rugoscopy, Cheiloscopy, Radiograph

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