Forensic Dentistry

758 Words4 Pages
Forensic dentistry or forensic dentistry is the application of criminal and civil juristic knowledge to the criminal justice system. Forensic dentistry comes from Latin, meaning a forum or a discussion of legal issues. Forensic dentists are involved in supporting the investigators in identifying the remains of human beings that have been discovered, as well as confirming a complete or fragmented body. Forensic odonatologists may also be asked to help determine the age, race, occupation, or previous dental history of the unidentified human body. It is also a career involved with the handling, examination and evaluation of dental evidence. The evidence that are extracted from teeth is a reference for the recognition of age and the identification…show more content…
According to local law enforcement or forensic tests, in the cases involving death, forensic odonatologists are authorized to go to a crime or disaster scene; otherwise, measurements and x-rays would replace their work procedures and become part of the autopsy. Because crimes and disasters could happen at any time, anywhere, "standby" forensic experts must be ready to work whenever they are called, no matter if it’s during the day or at night; on holidays and on weekends. The work is very delicate and requires very detailed motor skills. Highly complex equipment, such computers, microscopes and other technologies, can be used during the identification of a particular suspect or victim. Forensic odonatologists need to pay extra attention to the details and are expected to have patience in completing a lengthy procedure in identification. Forensic odonatologists must be able to draw conclusions based on existing physical evidence. Also, they must be extremely precise in completing records, such as those that are closely involved with investigations into crimes or mass…show more content…
I find the human body, especially the bones and teeth to be strangely fascinating, so therefore, investigating and solving problems associated with this interest is what I would be looking forward to in the future if I ever come across this career. As with other work in forensic science field, the work of forensic odonatologists involves a particularly disturbing, spooky scene and subject matter. If I were to be interested in dental and teeth, criminology and criminal justice, and even in chemistry and medicine, occupation as a forensic odonatologist is probably the most perfect criminal career for

More about Forensic Dentistry

Open Document