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Forens. Odontology

Forensic Odontology branch of forensic medicine which deals with the proper examination, handling and presentation of dental evidence in a court of law
What can an Odontologist discover? ID of bite marks on a victim, ID of bite marks on other substances, ID of unknown bodies through dental work, age estimations of skeletal remains, and comparison of bite marks with the suspect
The physical characteristics of a bite mark wound and the suspects teeth: the distance from cuspid to cuspid, the shape of the mouth arch, the evidence of a tooth out of alignment, teeth width and thickness, missing teeth, curves of biting edges, unique dentistry, wear patterns.
How reliable are bite marks in connecting a suspect with a crime? Not reliable, because soft tissue will swell or distort and two people can have similar teeth construction
How helpful are teeth in identifying human remains? Very helpful, because teeth remain very intact even through violent crimes. DNA is also preserved very well in the pulp of a tooth.
Created by: TBrylewski