Forensic Odontology: An Overview

  • Dr. Tarun Vyas Oral Medicine and Radiology, R. R. Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur, India.
Keywords: An Overview, Forensic, Odontology


Writing an editorial for anyone is off course not an easy job, however, it’s my immense pleasure to take this opportunity that in International Journal of Drug Research and Dental Science. Here I am dealing with forensic odontology. The word forensic is derived from the Latin forensic, which means ‘before the forum’. According to Jones, in ancient Rome, the forum was where trials and debates took place and consequently served as a court of law. On the other hand, odontology refers to the study of teeth or dentistry. Forensic odontology, therefore, has been defined by the Federation Dentaire Internationale (FDI) as “that branch of dentistry which, in the interest of justice, deals with the proper handling and examination of dental evidence and with the proper evaluation and presentation of dental findings”.1