Forensic dentists are medical professionals who use their expertise to analyze bite marks, orofacial structures, and other dental evidence to help police identify human remains. They can also determine the age, sex, race, occupation, and social status of the deceased. In addition to attending autopsies and testifying in court cases, forensic dentists may be called upon to gather evidence. Although there are not many institutions that offer formal training in forensic dentistry, the American Board of Forensic Dentistry organizes events to connect with industry experts and those already working in the field.
The Office of Legal Dentistry at the University of British Columbia offers a master's and postdoctoral program in forensic dentistry. Forensic dentistry has been used in some high-profile cases, such as the conviction of serial killer Ted Bundy. It is considered a reliable and specialized method of identifying the deceased, particularly in cases involving multiple deaths. Insurance companies, hospitals, child protection agencies, and other public or private organizations may also offer forensic dentistry jobs.The objective of this study is to analyze and evaluate knowledge about forensic dentistry among dentists in central India.
If regular conferences and seminars were held, they would help dentists and students to increase their knowledge of forensic dentistry. In the ever-growing field of medicine, greater knowledge and awareness of forensic dentistry is needed among dental professionals.Forensic dentistry has expanded far beyond its original purpose of identifying remains. It is now used to identify individuals and detect abuse among people of all ages. With its application in individual identification and disaster situations, the professional nature of the discipline and its practices have only recently evolved.