Forensic dentistry: A public and social service

Michèle J. Saunders

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Forensic dentistry, also known as forensic odontology, is a branch of forensic medicine that applies oral evidence in the interest of justice. Forensic dentists use physical and biological dental evidence to solve a number of medicolegal problems, including identifying human remains after death, whatever its cause (i.e., criminal violence, acts of terrorism, natural and other mass disasters, etc.). This article gives a brief background of the profession, common procedures involved, and how forensic dentistry serves the human community and the processes of justice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-51
Number of pages3
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Forensic dentistry
  • Forensic medicine
  • Forensic odontology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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