Experiment 26. Forensic Odontology 1: Is It a Bite Mark?
Forensic dentistry (odontology) involves both the identification of human remains from surviving dentition, and the identification and comparison of bite mark evidence made during the commission of a crime. Techniques used in forensic dentistry for the identification of human remains are often helpful in situations where the traditional methods of identification (such as fingerprints, sole prints, photographic recognition, blood or tissue groups) are not possible because of the condition of the remains. In these circumstances, forensic dentists often use the past dental records of the suspected individual to prove or disprove his or her identity. Old x-rays and charts made during periodic visits to the dentist are often used to this end.