7. Odontology – Dentistry's Contribution to Truth and Justice

  1. Douglas H. Ubelaker
  1. Iain A. Pretty1,
  2. Robert Barsley2,
  3. C. Michael Bowers3,
  4. Mary Bush4,
  5. Peter Bush5,
  6. John Clement6,
  7. Robert Dorion7,
  8. Adam Freeman8,
  9. Jim Lewis9,
  10. David Senn10 and
  11. Frank Wright11

Published Online: 14 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118373880.ch7

Forensic Science: Current Issues, Future Directions

Forensic Science: Current Issues, Future Directions

How to Cite

Pretty, I. A., Barsley, R., Bowers, C. M., Bush, M., Bush, P., Clement, J., Dorion, R., Freeman, A., Lewis, J., Senn, D. and Wright, F. (2012) Odontology – Dentistry's Contribution to Truth and Justice, in Forensic Science: Current Issues, Future Directions (ed D. H. Ubelaker), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118373880.ch7

Editor Information

  1. Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Dentistry, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

  2. 2

    School of Dentistry, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

  3. 3

    The Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California, Deputy Medical Examiner, Ventura, California USA

  4. 4

    Laboratory for Forensic Odontology Research, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, USA

  5. 5

    South Campus Instrument Center, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, USA

  6. 6

    Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  7. 7

    Forensic Dentistry Program, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  8. 8

    College of Dental Medicine, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA

  9. 9

    Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, Auburn, Alabama, USA

  10. 10

    University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio Dental School, San Antonio, Texas, USA

  11. 11

    Hamilton County Coroner's Office, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 24 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119941231

Online ISBN: 9781118373880



  • odontology, dentistry's contribution to truth and justice;
  • forensic odontology, art-science in resolving civil/criminal;
  • human identification, bitemark, peri-oral injuries/abuse in child;
  • National forensic odontology groups, lobbying for position in the UK;
  • forensic discipline, assessment need within science/judicial;
  • bitemarks in identifying individuals, and use of salivary DNA;
  • bitemark ‘analysis pathway,’ based on forensic significance;
  • DVI or multiple fatality incidents (MFI), termed ‘mass disasters’;
  • forensic dental age assessment, 3-D mapping and morphometrics;
  • bitemark and human dentition match, for fidelity of transference


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The discipline

  • Historical background

  • Key issues in odontology

  • Bitemarks

  • Disaster victim identification

  • Aging

  • The international perspective

  • Research objectives and barriers

  • Current state of research

  • The future of forensic odontology

  • References