Forensic Dentistry or Forensic Odontology is a branch of forensic medicine that is involved with proper examination, handling and presentation of dental evidence in a court of law.
A Forensic Odontologist can:
- Identify human remains through the examination of dental records.
- Identify human remains by smile comparison with ante-mortem photographs.
- Analyse bite mark injuries found on victims.
- Age estimate living and deceased individuals, including neo-natal remains.
- Analyse bite marks in foodstuffs, leather, wood etc.
- Present bite mark evidence as an expert witness in court.
- Assist with Archaeological finds
Dr Roland Kouble PhD BDS MFDSRCS MFGDP(UK) PGDip(Endodondotolgoy)
Roland has had experience in numerous forensic cases both involving identification of remains in murder investigations and Coroner cases, notably he was involved in the identification of the victims of the “Cross-Bow Cannibal”. Having completed a PhD in Bite Mark Injuries Roland has analysed and given evidence in bite mark investigations as an expert witness for prosecution and defence and as a single joint expert.
Roland has also authored several papers in Forensic Odontology as well as a book chapter on Bite Mark Analysis in a recent textbook (Forensic Odontology: An Essential Guide published in 2014). He lectures on forensic odontology as part of the undergraduate practice and responsibility course at Sheffield University and also gives post-graduate lectures.