Forensic dentistry (or forensic odontology) is the handling, examination and evaluation of dental evidence in criminal justice cases.
As well as criminal justice cases, forensic dentists are also involved with Disaster Victim Identification (DVI), which may use similar and shared techniques from forensic dentistry.
Forensic dentists are involved in assisting investigative agencies to identify recovered human remains in addition to the identification of whole or fragmented bodies.
They may also be asked to help in determining age, race, occupation, previous dental history and socioeconomic status of unidentified human beings.
Age estimation is also used for living people, particularly to assist immigration authorities in deciding whether refugees or illegal migrants have reached that designated age (usually 18) which separates a juvenile from an adult.
This course was created with the help of John Clement who held the Inaugural Chair of Forensic Odontology at Melbourne Dental School.
Member Feedback on Forensic Dentistry
- Great section, forensic dentistry is fascinating.
- Really interesting
- Didn't realise that criminals DNA was being tracked using ancestry sites!
- Captivating, especially the disaster victim identification
The Forensic Dentistry online learning course has clear and concise aims, objectives and anticipated outcomes, listed below. These will appear on the Dentaljuce Enhanced CPD Certificate, along with the time spent, dates, and detailed topics you studied within the module. Certificates can be printed at any time, covering any range of dates. Dentaljuce CPD complies with the UK GDC's requirements for enhanced verifiable continuing professional development.
Before starting this module, check that the learning outcomes are what you require, and that you have entered the need into your PDP. Here is an example PDP entry for this module.
|What development needs have I?||How will I address them?||Target completion date||Outcomes||Date
|To improve my knowledge and understanding of Forensic Dentistry.
(GDC outcomes: B)
|Take the Dentaljuce Forensic Dentistry course.||
|What development needs have I?||To improve my knowledge and understanding of Forensic Dentistry.
(GDC outcome B)
|How will I address them?||Take the Dentaljuce Forensic Dentistry course.|
|Target completion date|
Module Aims and Outcomes
The aim of the learning and teaching materials in this Dentaljuce module is to allow learners to develop their professional knowledge and understanding of Forensic Dentistry, in line with their identified personal learning requirements.
- to teach members of the dental team the principles and practice of forensic dentistry.
Anticipated learning outcomes:The learner will:
- Know the importance of keeping good dental records for person identification.
- Know the circumstances in which they may share dental records with the police and legal authorities.
- Understand the difference between open and closed disaster victim identification.
- Understand the remit of the forensic dentist in legal proceedings.
- Understand the roles and reliability of dental, DNA, and other evidence in both formal and forensic identification.
GDC Development Outcomes
This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC Development Outcome(s): B.