Forensic Dentistry/Odontology is not an official specialty as defined by the American Dental Association. It is an enhancement of the Dental Profession that uses knowledge, experience and judgement to collaborate with legal systems. Within this field, dental professionals, including, dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants play vital roles in several areas of the field. They will often be affiliated with coroners, medical examiners and law enforcement agencies in the United States and worldwide. The roles Forensic Dental professionals play involve work in human identification, human abuse, expert witness testimony, bite mark analysis, age estimation and recently contributing to the creation of forensic dental standards.
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