By: Carla Linde-Garelli
Years in School: 4 - 8
Job Outlook: Excellent
Salary: $150,000 - $185,000
Becoming a Forensic Dentist
Forensic dentistry (odontology) is an important part of forensic science involving using your knowledge of dentistry, mainly to identify human remains. An odontologist work consists of
comparing remains with dental records
comparing dental records
evaluating animal or human bite marks
comparing bite marks with suspect dentitions
analyzing the aging of individuals through their dentition to find chronological age in anyone living or deceased
evaluating peoples dental or oral injuries to resolve civil or criminal matters
fixing dental malpractices
All tasks above use evaluation, report writing, and/or court testimony.
Forensic odontologists typically work as regular dentists who do forensic examinations as needed at the request of local law enforcement or a medical examiner.
In the case of death, the forensic odontologist can go to the scene of the crime. Other then that measurements and x-rays are taken when the autopsy done.