Forensic Dentistry

Forensic dentistry or forensic odontology is the proper handling, examination and evaluation of dental evidence, which will be then presented in the interest of justice. The evidence that may be derived from teeth, is the age (in children) and identification of the person to whom the teeth belong. This is done using dental records or ante-mortem (prior to death) x-rays. The other type of evidence is that of bite marks, left on either the victim (by the attacker), the perpetrator (from the victim of an attack), or on an object found at the crime scene. Bite marks are often found on children who are abused.

Forensic dentists are responsible for seven main areas of practice:

  • Identification of found human remains
  • Identification in mass fatalities
  • Assessment of bite mark injuries
  • Assessment of cases of abuse (child, spousal, elder)
  • Civil cases involving malpractice
  • Civil and Criminal case assessment of oral injuries
  • Age estimation

Dr. Farid is a specialist in Forensic Dentistry, listed under the Ministry of Justice in Hungary, and has been trained in ongoing courses in the United States. In this capacity Dr. Farid teaches Forensic Dentistry at the Semmelweis University, and also gives periodic training courses to the Hungarian Police’s Crime Scene Investigation branch