• Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants

1 Contact Hours

Author(s): Ellen Dietz-Bourguignon, CDA-Emeritus, AAS, BS
Item#: L0338
Contents: 1 Course Book (30 pages)
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Introduction to Forensic Dentistry, Updated Edition

Price $9.95
Item # L0338
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Original Release Date: September 9, 2011
Review Date: September 7, 2014
Expiration Date: September 6, 2017

Forensic dentistry can be defined as the application of dental expertise to the justice system. The most common role of the forensic dentist or forensic odontologist is the identification of deceased individuals. In the last decade there has been a growing utilization of dental odontology in mass disasters, bitemark perpetrator identifications, crime investigations, and confirmatory identification of newsworthy decedents. This course provides an overview of the scope of forensic dentistry, the forensic dental examination, and forensic odontology guidelines. The significance of bitemarks and the role of DNA are discussed. 

AGD Subject Code: 145

Western Schools designates this activity for 1 continuing education credits.

Course Objectives
  • Define forensic dentistry (odontology).
  • Describe the training required for forensic odontology and the role of the forensic dentist.
  • Discuss the examination procedure performed by the forensic dentist inmaking an identification.
  • Describe the process of dental profiling used to identify a decedent.
  • Distinguish the four categories for body identification defined in the guidelines of the American Board of Forensic Odontology.
  • Discuss the significance of bitemarks in victim identification.
  • Discuss the role of DNA in dental identification.
  • Describe the written report that the forensic dentist prepares for the judicial system.
Ellen Dietz-Bourguignon, CDA-Emeritus, AAS, BS, earned her BS in Allied Health Education in Dental Auxiliary Utilization and a Community College Teaching Certificate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She began her dental career as an associate-degreed CDA in private practice. Following a seven-year dental assisting teaching career at Orange County Community College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Erie County BOCES, and Niagara County Community College, she began writing on dental topics for Dental Assisting Magazine, eventually rising to the position of managing editor. Ellen has worked in dental marketing, project management and product development at Semantodontics (SmartPractice/ SmartHealth) and in legal administration for the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. She has published five books in the dental assisting market, including Dental Office Management and Safety Standards and Infection Control for Dental Assistants, and has been keynote speaker at ADAA Annual Session. Her articles have appeared in JADAA: The Dental Assistant, DENTIST, The Dental Student, Dental Economics, RDH, and Dental Teamwork Magazine.
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