Forensic odontologists are responsible for determining the identity of unknown, deceased individuals as well as link certain bite mark impressions back to the perpetrators of abuse or crime.
What Forensic Odontologists Do
Most often, forensic odontologists are called upon to help identify bodies where the remains are too damaged to identify by other means, such as fingerprints or physical identification. Identifying victims of disasters, either natural or manmade, also fall under their jurisdiction.
The average salary range for this specialised dental position is estimated to be between £97,500-$185,000, depending on experience and location.
The average forensic odontologist has completed 4-8 years of postsecondary education.
A forensic odontologist will conduct routine dental care for most of his or her career, only being called in to assist when needed.
Forensic odontologists will need to hold a degree in dentistry and then complete a program geared specifically toward proper forensic techniques.