Forensic Odontology in the 21st Century – identifying the opinions of those behind the teaching

Scheila Manica (Lead / Corresponding author), Ludovica Gorza

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From the 19th century, society has been aided by Forensic Odontology and the teaching practice has rapidly expanded in the last 30 years. Information about academics and teaching topics can be found in literature but any research has never investigated the basic profile of lecturers by survey. The aim of this study was to explore the lecturers' opinions on teaching the subject in the 21st century and its current standing. Even though the number of forensic dentists is not low worldwide, not all are involved with teaching. A total of 36 dentists (26 males, 10 females) from 19 countries answered to a survey of eight-questions. Results showed a high prevalence of males (84.6% postgraduate) as opposed of 100% of women postgraduate. Forensic ‘dental identification’, ‘overview of forensic dentistry’ and ‘DVI’ were topics widely taught and ‘bite mark analysis’ was considered the most difficult one. The ‘lack of funding’ was the greatest limitation (36.1%) followed by ‘lack of recognition and case work’ (equally 30.6%). Past problems continue to jeopardize this field and forensic dental bodies should formally liaise with universities and dental councils for the complete expansion of it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-13
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Early online date5 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • Age estimation
  • Bite mark
  • Dental identification
  • Disaster victim identification
  • Forensic science
  • Teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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