Forensic Odontology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128051986

Forensic Odontology

1st Edition

Principles and Practice

Authors: Thomas David Jim Lewis
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128051986
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th January 2018
Page Count: 400
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Forensic Odontology: Principles and Practice details the aspects necessary to become an accomplished forensic odontologist, including an illustration of the skills necessary to become an expert witness. The book is ideal for both the experienced and novice forensic odontologist, covering many fields of expertise, including civil and criminal matters. The civil side involves standard of care and personal injury matters, while the criminal side involves not only dental identification, but management of mass fatality incidents, age assessment, child and elder abuse, and bitemark analysis.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive review of forensic odontology, including the skills necessary to become a competent expert witness
  • Covers the fields of forensic odontology, the basic skills, legal aspects, legal precedents, report writing and expert witness testimony
  • Includes numerous illustrations, including charts and graphs, along with B&W and color images


Forensic odontologists, forensic dentists, those studying forensic odontology and/or forensic dentistry

Table of Contents

  1. Forensic Sciences and Forensic Identification
    2. History and Scope of Forensic Odontology
    3. Dental Identification and Radiographic Pitfalls
    4. Dental Photography
    5. Disaster Victim Identification
    6. Missing and Unidentified Persons
    7. Domestic Violence
    8. Assessment of Dental Age
    9. Patterned Injury Analysis and Bitemark Comparison
    10. United States Jurisprudence and Admissibility of Evidence
    11. Expert Witness Guidelines and Testimony
    12. Expert Witness Liability
    13. Ethical Issues in Forensic Science and Forensic Odontology
    14. Forensic Odontology related specialties


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About the Author

Thomas David

Thomas J. David, DDS earned his dental degree from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1977. He has maintained a dental practice since that time in the Atlanta metropolitan area. He is a member of the American Society of Forensic Odontology (ASFO), a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO). He has served as Chair of the Odontology Section of AAFS and President of the ABFO and has also served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS). He has authored articles in various periodicals, including the JFS. He has also authored chapters in a number of textbooks, including multiple editions of the Manual of Forensic Odontology as well as the 2nd Edition of Forensic Dentistry. Dr. David is a Consultant in Forensic Odontology to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Division of Forensic Sciences and the State of Georgia Medical Examiner’s Office. He also holds a faculty appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry of the Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center at Knoxville. He provides instruction for the Forensic Odontology Fellowship program and the University of Tennessee biennial Symposium “All That Remains”.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of General Dentistry, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Knoxville, USA

Jim Lewis

James, M Lewis, DMD attended the University of Alabama and earned his dental degree from the School of Dentistry, University of Alabama, Birmingham, in 1985. He has maintained a general dentistry practice since that time, exclusively in Madison, AL since 1986. Dr. Lewis completed a Fellowship in Forensic Odontology from the Center for Education and Research in Forensics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2001. As a forensic odontologist, he assisted in victim identification in New York following the World Trade Center attack; and since 2003, he has served as a consultant to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences (ADFS). And, is a volunteer to the Alabama Office of Emergency Preparedness in relation to its mass disaster response group. Dr. Lewis is a Fellow of Odontology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), became board certified by the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO) in 2008, has served on the Board of Governors of the American Society of Forensic Odontology (ASFO) and President of the organization in 2012. For the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO), he served as member and Chair of the Dental Age Assessment Committee, 2008 – 2015; as a member of the Certification and Examination Committee, 2011 – 2015; Bitemark Evidence and Patterned Injury Committee, 2008 – 2015 and 2017; and currently holds the Office of ABFO Secretary. He is currently appointed to the Odontology Subcommittee, Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Lewis is on faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry, Fellowship in Forensic Odontology at The University of Tennessee, Graduate School of Medicine and adjunct faculty for the Center for Education and Research in Forensics (CERF), Fellowship in Forensic Odontology; and, the SW Symposium on Forensic Dentistry. He has authored text book chapters and articles in pier reviewed journals on forensic odontology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of General Dentistry, Fellowship in Forensic Odontology, The University of Tennessee