ABSTRACT

The use of courtroom visual aids is very significant in bitemark cases. The special skill in discerning threedimensional spatial relationships is a professional requirement for the dentist or odontologist. That skill, coupled with the forensic expertise, permits the odontologist to envision the class and individual characteristics of the offending dentition that inflicted the injury or injuries and hopefully to communicate these findings clearly to the trier of fact, be it judge, jury, or both.