Forensic odontology also referred as forensic dentistry, is a discipline of the forensic sciences concerned with the proper handling, examination and evaluation of dental evidence in criminal or civil legal proceedings. Forensic odontologists perform examinations required by medical examiners, law enforcement and judicial agencies. They work to identify victims and perpetrators, usually by examining and comparing dental records with human remains and pattern injuries such as bite marks.
Dentistry plays a key role in human identification and has vital role even from legal viewpoint. In instances of disastrous events, the question of identification is one of the most relevant medical-legal issues. It is fundamental for the experts associated in resolving such cases to know the appropriate techniques and protocols for both isolated and large-scale incidents. Even though dental identification needs to be used simultaneously alongside other identification techniques (fingerprints or forensic genetics), it offers the advantage of being a quick, effective, scientific and economical method of great importance to identification in major disasters.
As there is dearth of specialists in this area especially in India, the course is specifically designed for evidence based and research oriented teaching, thus directing the dental professionals to multi-disciplinary and integrated approach. The objective of the program is to equip dental professionals with forensic knowledge, skills, judgment and values to practice forensic and legal dentistry in a competent manner.
2 Years (4 Semesters)
Bachelor of Dental Surgery with at least 55% or equivalent marks for General/OBC (NCL)/EWS category candidates, and 50% or equivalent marks for SC/ST and PwD category candidates from any institution recognized by the Dental Council of India (DCI).
Rs. 40,000/- Per Semester
Number of Seats
Semester – I
Paper - 1: Introduction to Forensic Sciences and Biometrics
Paper - 2: Basic Concepts of Forensic Odontology
Paper - 3: Human Physiology and Basic Biochemistry
Paper - 4: Basic Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Semester - II
Paper - 1: Criminology, Law, Ethics and Legal aspects in Forensic Odontology
Paper - 2: Human Identification/Disaster Victim Identification
Paper - 3: Advanced Techniques in Forensic Odontology
Paper - 4: Forensic Genetics and Biostatistics
Elective papers: Research Methodology, Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation
Semester - III
Paper - 1: Forensic Pathology and Toxicology
Paper - 2: Forensic Radiology
Paper - 3: Forensic Medicine
Paper - 4: Dental records Maintenance and Information Management systems