Westchester & Fairfield Counties Dental Alumni Spring Meeting
Featured Speaker: Dr. Adam Freeman ’92
Assistant Clinical Professor, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Board Certified Forensic Odontologist, American Board of Forensic Odontology
Secretary, American Board of Forensic Odontology & ABFO Liaison to Interpol
Forensic Odontology and the CSI Effect: Fact or Fiction?
Forensic Odontology, the application of dentistry to the law, is interesting and very different from the everyday dental practice. Forensic odontologists work in the forensic arena of dental identifications, mass disasters, bitemark cases, standard of care issues as well as age estimation. The roots of dental identification started in antiquity, and it is the most widely used scientific method of identification in the world today. This lecture will provide an overview of dental identification in natural and man-made disasters, how a dental identification team works and how it is incorporated into the larger disaster team. We will also examine bitemarks cases in violent crimes, and the history and current application of using teeth to certify identity of individuals. Bitemarks have been under fire by many in the past years, the good the bad and ugly of bitemark evidence will be discussed in a general fashion.
Participants will learn: How good record keeping aids in cases of identification; How record retention aids in cases of identification; How a mass fatality team works; How to become more involved in the field of forensic odontology; How to diagnose a human bitemark; what is entailed in documenting a suspected patterned injury.
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