Forensic Dental Evidence

Forensic Dental Evidence

An Investigator's Handbook

1st Edition - January 29, 2004

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  • Editor: Michael Bowers
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080470146

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This handbook is written for police investigators and forensic personnel who are tasked with developing investigations that require expertise in dentistry. The focus is providing the information necessary to recognize and professionally manage dental evidence. Investigators will understand the scientific nomenclature, scientific issues and the specialized forensic nature of this type of forensic investigation. The emphasis is on human identification from dental structures, the identification of people from bite marks, and the signs and significance of dental injuries present in violent crime. Law enforcement personnel, coroners, and other death investigators often encounter crime scenes and victims that require dental expertise. Attorneys are asked to present dental evidence in court. This book delivers the backbone information for these individuals to better assess their needs in both casework and litigation. Forensic Dentistry contains numerous photographs of crime scene evidence and bite marks on victims and details for the reader the types of dental evidence and what is expected regarding collection, documentation, and the capabilities of analytical methods. This book is the first of its kind to present essential information to the field investigator in a format that allows easy reference and comprehensive detail.

Key Features

* Contains previously unavailable information on digital photography and dental evidence
* Includes dozens of photos that illustrate the proper collection and preservation of evidence
* Provides desperately needed and essential information necessary to recognize, and professionally manage dental evidence


Crime Scene Investigators, Law Enforcement Personnel, Law Enforcement Trainers, Forensic Scientists, Forensic Dentists, Forensic Nurses, Sexual Assault Nurses, Lawyers, Forensic Pathologists

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    1) The Dental Detectives
    2) Dental Identification: The Investigator's Primer on Recognition, Recovery, and Preservation of Evidence
    3) Bite Mark Analysis: Recognition, Recording and Reporting
    4) DNA and Forensic Odontology
    5) Physical Abuse and Forensic Dentistry: The Diagnosis of Violence
    6) Dental Investigations in Mass Disaster Incidents
    7) The Use of Digital Imaging in Human Identification
    8) Legal Issues in Forensic Odontology
    9) Forensic Photography and Forensic Odontology

Product details

  • No. of pages: 208
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2004
  • Published: January 29, 2004
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080470146

About the Editor

Michael Bowers

Michael Bowers
C. Michael Bowers is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. He is also the Deputy Medical Examiner in Ventura, California. Dr. Bowers is a practicing forensic dentist and consultant who has testified and worked on hundreds of cases where dental evidence has been involved. He is a former Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology, a Senior Crime Scene Analyst for the International Association for Identification (IAI) and has written other articles, chapters and books on forensic dentistry. He owns and operates his own dental practice in Ventura, CA.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Clinical Professor, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Deputy Medical Examiner, Ventura, CA, USA

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