Chapter-31 Forensic Odontology in Dental Practice

BOOK TITLE: Fundamentals of Oral Medicine and Radiology

1. DN Bailoor
2. RN Mody
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Author Affiliations
1. Yenepoya Dental College and Hospital, Mangalore
2. Govt Dental College and Hospital, Nagpur
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Forensic odontology is the utilization of scientific dental knowledge for the furtherance of justice. This includes correct collection of dental evidence, proper documen­tation, awareness of the legal procedures, the presentation of the evidence in court of law and finally giving the accurate scientific interpretation of this evidence so that it may either confirm or deny the charges that are brought about on the accused. The practice of this branch means having good contacts with the local police department, knowing the legal formalities of the country where you intend to practice and having full time attachment to a teaching medical college so that the facilities of the forensic medicine department may be utilized and dentist can take part in the autopsies with his forensic specialist colleagues. Lastly, having specific training in this branch helps; right now it is not available in India. As the crime in Indian scene is on the increase, the justice system needs different tools to fight the criminals and protect the innocent. One such tool is forensic odontology. In India it is an underused and underdeveloped specialty and we all need to work to develop a body of personnel trained in this discipline. Another discipline all the dental surgeons should develop is the meticulous keeping of dental records. Without proper antemortem records to compare many of the forensic dentistry steps become redundant.

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