Course Introduction

FCC 4 : Forensic Odontology

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Course Start Date        : 1st Apr 2024

Last Date to Register : 25th Mar 2024

Forensic Odontology involves using dental science to examine teeth-related evidence found at the crime scene to aid in legal investigations. The online Forensic Odontology Foundation Certificate Course by Sherlock Institute of Forensic Science (SIFS India) is structured to provide you with a solid foundation on your journey to gain dental expertise in solving complex crimes and meet the demands of the justice system.

This month-long courses is led by experienced instructors and forensic experts of national and international fame. This course offers you an opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge and methods to apply to real-world cases, thereby contributing to the legal process. You will learn to examine dental records, human teeth development, do bite mark analysis, numbering systems,  understand the human identification techniques and problems for cases involving mass disasters, technology and software usage in mass fatality incidents, types of child abuse, and legal considerations.

The course includes several case studies and research material to broaden your knowledge. So whether you are an aspiring forensic scientist or dental professional looking to enhance your expertise, this foundation course in forensic dentistry will equip you with valuable skills and is your gateway to a rewarding career in forensic science, law enforcement, and legal investigations. So, join us on this exciting journey into the world of forensic odontology and enhance your understanding of this vital field.


Become Proficient to Answer:

- What is the role and significance of forensic odontology, and what are the qualifications required to become a forensic dentist?

- How does forensic odontology contribute to medico-legal cases, and what potential does it hold for future research?

- What are the stages of human tooth development, and how does understanding tooth eruption contribute to forensic odontology?

- How is occlusion in the dentition stages developed, what are the factors that can affect it, and what is its clinical significance?

- What are the different notation systems used in forensic odontology, and how are they employed for age estimation?

- What are dental anomalies, and what significance do they hold in the field of forensic odontology?

- How does a forensic odontologist play a role during disaster victim identification, and what challenges are faced in such situations?

- What techniques are involved to compare antemortem and postmortem dental data, especially in mass fatality incidents?

- How can dental records, palatal rugae, and habits be utilized in identifying victims in mass disaster cases?

- What techniques are used to conduct bitemark analysis, including recognition, collection, and preservation?

- What are the clinical symptoms and types of child abuse, and how can dentists play a role in documenting and reporting suspected cases of abuse?


Learning Outcomes:

Dental Identification Basics: You will gain a solid grasp of dental identification techniques, enabling you to analyze dental records and contribute to the identification of individuals in legal and forensic contexts.

Bite Mark Analysis Skills: You will be able to acquire skills to identify and analyze bite marks, teeth anatomy, and understand their significance in criminal investigations and legal proceedings.

Forensic Odontology Principles: You will gain deep insights about the foundational principles and ethical considerations in forensic odontology, including how to collaborate with other forensic experts and law enforcement agencies for effective teamwork.

Human Identification in Mass Disasters: You will be equipped with the knowledge to do dental identification in mass disaster situations to identify human remains using dental records.

Integrating Technology Usage: You will know how to analyze digital data and use computer-assisted software to speed up the investigation process.


Course Details:

Fee

National: 1770 INR (1500 INR + 18% GST)

International: 50 USD 

Duration

1 Month

Eligibility

12th Passed

Session Timing

From 6 to 7 PM IST  | Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Payment Details:

International Student : PayPal: forensicdocument@gmail.com

Account Details for National Student

Bank Name  - ICICI BANK
Acc. Name    - SIFS INDIA PVT. LTD.
Account No. - 663505500086
Type         - Current
IFSC Code    -   ICIC0000160
Address         - ICICI Bank, H-4, Model Town -III, New Delhi - 110009


  • Curriculum


    MODULE 1 – INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC ODONTOLOGY

    This module covers a basic introduction to forensic odontology, its history and evolution to the present state, and its role in forensic investigations. You will learn about the role and responsibilities of a forensic odontologist, along with the qualifications and expertise needed to practice as a forensic dentist. This module also focuses on the medico-legal and clinical significance of forensic odontology and its significance in bite marks analysis, human remains identification, and providing expert testimony during legal proceedings.

    MODULE 2 – CAREER SCOPE IN FORENSIC ODONTOLOGY

    In this module, you will explore the scope and diverse career opportunities available for forensic odontologists. You will also gain knowledge about the clinical significance it holds in identifying victims of mass disasters, analyzing bite marks, and providing expert testimony in legal cases. This module also sheds light on the future aspects of this field, highlighting potential areas of advancement and innovation. You will also explore famous real-world cases where forensic odontology played a crucial role and how it impacts crime-solving and identifying individuals.

    MODULE 3 – HUMAN TOOTH DEVELOPMENT AND ANATOMY

    In this module, you will learn about the process of human tooth development, from their formation to eruption, gaining insights into the growth and maturation of teeth. You will also learn about endodontic tooth anatomy and how to conduct a detailed examination of the internal structures and tissues. You will also gain insights into teeth development, their specific anatomical features, and the timing of their eruption, which is essential knowledge for forensic odontologists in age estimation and dental identification.

    MODULE 4 – DENTAL OCCLUSION AND MALOCCLUSION

    This module focuses on the development and understanding of dental occlusion, which refers to the alignment and relationship of upper and lower teeth when the jaws are closed. You will learn about various dentition stages, from primary to permanent teeth, along with the changes that occur during growth. You will gain knowledge about factors affecting occlusion, like genetics, and also about malocclusion, which refers to abnormal tooth alignment. A deep understanding of these two is important during bite mark analysis and dental identification.

    MODULE 5 – DENTAL NOTATION SYSTEMS AND AGE ESTIMATION

    In this module, you will learn about dental notation systems, like the Universal Numbering System, the Zsigmondy Numbering System, and the Federation Dentaire Internationale Numbering System (FDI), used by forensic odontologists globally to assist legal investigations. You will learn how these systems identify and record the position of teeth needed to maintain dental records. This module also covers techniques to determine the age of people according to their dental characteristics.

    MODULE 6 – DENTAL ANOMALIES AND FORENSIC SIGNIFICANCE

    This module focuses on dental anomalies in human dentition and their forensic significance. You will learn about various types of dental irregularities and abnormalities, like missing teeth, supernumerary teeth, and tooth impaction, and how these anomalies affect tooth size and shape. It will equip you with the skills to use these anomalies to recognize unique dental features required to carry out accurate identification of individuals.

    MODULE 7 – FORENSIC ODONTOLOGY IN DISASTER VICTIM IDENTIFICATION

    In this module, you will learn about the role of forensic odontologists in disaster victim identification (DVI), along with the challenges and problems faced by them in disaster situations when traditional identification methods do not work. You will also gain insights about the collaborative efforts of dental teams, charting forms, the collection of postmortem dental findings, examining the oral cavity, and the collection and interpretation of dental remains for accurately identifying disaster victims.

    MODULE 8 – ANTEMORTEM AND POSTMORTEM DENTAL IDENTIFICATION

    This module covers the comparison of antemortem (pre-death) and postmortem (post-death) dental records for identification purposes, along with challenges faced while comparing these datasets. You will also learn about the role of technology in mass fatality cases, the use of computer-assisted software, and digital data during the identification process. It also covers ethical and legal standards you need to follow while providing dental identification evidence in court.

    MODULE 9 – DENTAL IDENTIFICATION IN MASS DISASTERS

    In this module, you will learn about dental identification methods used in mass disaster cases. This module highlights the use of palatal rugae, unique patterns on the roof of the mouth, as an additional tool for identification. You will also learn how habits and addictions lead to distinct dental marks that help in identification. You will learn the importance of dental record retrieval, examination of the oral cavity, and assessment of dental remains for successful identification.

    MODULE 10 – BITE MARK INVESTIGATION

    In this module, you will learn about bite mark investigation steps, recognizing bite marks, and ways to distinguish them from injuries. You will also gain knowledge about the proper collection and preservation of bite mark evidence for analysis. By the end of this module, you will have a clear understanding of how bite marks investigations assist law enforcement agencies, help in identifying suspects, and provide expert testimony.

    MODULE 11 – BITE MARK ANALYSIS

    This module focuses on bite mark analysis, various techniques used in bite mark examination, and how to interpret these unique forms of evidence. You will learn about techniques to compare bite marks, the significance of bite mark evidence in criminal investigations, and the legal framework, along with the challenges and limitations faced by investigators. This module will equip you with skills to effectively solve bite-mark evidence cases and impart an unbiased assessment of this specialized form of forensic data.

    MODULE 12 – CHILD ABUSE RECOGNITION AND INTERVENTION

    This module focuses on types of child abuse cases, clinical symptoms that may be observed, and the role of dentists in recognizing and reporting such cases. You will learn the importance of appropriate intervention in safeguarding the well-being of children. You will gain knowledge about the significance of documentation and reporting in compliance with legal settings. Also, you will get introduced to the Prevent Abuse and Neglect Through Dental Awareness (P.A.N.D.A.) initiative, in which dental professionals can raise awareness and prevent child abuse.

  • What steps should I follow to enroll for this foundation certificate course?

    To enroll, click on the “Register for Course” option available on the right side of the screen, followed by the provided instructions and payment procedure.

  • Who is eligible to enroll in this foundation certificate course?

    12th (of any stream) pass or any graduate student can enroll in the foundation certificate course.

  • How will I receive confirmation once I have completed the payment procedure?

    Admission Confirmation email will be sent to your registered email ID once the payment is verified.

  • Are there any prerequisites for this foundation certificate course?

    In case of any prerequisites provided by the resource person, we will provide the students with prior information on their WhatsApp group.

  • Are there any live lectures provided in this foundation certificate course?

    Yes, live lectures will be conducted through Zoom.

  • How will I receive the session joining link?

    Enrolled students will receive the session joining link via WhatsApp group.

  • What will be the duration of the lecture?

    The duration of each lecture will be 1 hour and 15 minutes of discussion.

  • Will I get the recorded lectures?

    Yes, recorded lectures will be provided through your portal.

  • Can the study materials be accessed at any time?

    All the course material will be available on the portal. Hence, you can access it 24/7 and study at your own pace.

  • What are the benefits of completing this foundation certificate course?

    Completing the Online Foundation Certificate Course will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills required for entry-level positions. It can also serve as a strong foundation for further education or career advancement in forensic science.

  • Is there a certificate awarded upon completion of the foundation certificate course?

    Yes, upon successful completion of the foundation certificate course, you will receive an eCertificate, which can be a valuable addition to your resume and may enhance your career prospects in the field.

  • Where to contact in case of any queries?

    Write to us at education@sifs.in, call: +91-1147074263, or WhatsApp: +91-7303913002.  

Wayne Clifford Boden (Vampire Rapist) Case Study

Wayne Boden, from Montreal, Canada, was madly obsessed with the desire to bite female breasts. He became known as the Vampire Rapist for his scary murdering method. For two years, he continued to spread terror for his brutal animal-like behavior.

On July 23, 1968, 21-year-old Norma Villancourt was found dead in her apartment after being raped and strangled. Her breasts bear bite marks. Also, the police could not find any sign of struggle, and to their surprise, they also found a feeble smile on her lips.

After a few months in 1969, Shirley Audette became the victim of the same killer and was strangled to death. She was raped violently, with bite marks on her breasts. Her lifeless body was discovered in her apartment complex in West Montreal. Her former boyfriend disclosed that she was seeing a new man and was getting involved in some dangerous activity with him.

Marielle Archambault, on November 23, left her office with a strange man she called ‘Bill’. The next morning, she did not show up for the office. Her employer investigated and found her lying on the floor of her living room in similar condition to previous ones. A crushed picture of ‘Bill’ was found, yet the police cannot identify him with a real-life suspect.

In January 1970, a similar case happened with 24-year-old Jean Wray. She was found lying naked with teeth marks on her breasts. It was clear-cut evidence of violence, yet no sign of struggle was found, and there was calmness on the face of the victim.

However, by 1971, Montreal witnessed peace again as the vampire rapist was back in Calgary for work, about 2500 miles away.

On May 18, a teacher, Elizabeth Pourteous, went missing. Her body was discovered at her apartment in similar condition as in previous cases. Also, a broken cufflink was found near her body.

Her two colleagues gave a statement that she was seen with a young man in a blue Mercedes on the night she died. The window of the car featured a bull-shaped decal and an advertising leaf. They also told that she was dating a man named Bill.

On May 19, Wayne Boden's car was found near the murder scene by the patrolmen. He admitted meeting her on the night she was murdered.

Still, Montreal police took the services of odontologist Gordon Swann to examine the bite marks on the victim. A cast based on his teeth was made and compared to the bite marks on the victim’s body. Dr. Swann demonstrated 29 similarity points that existed between the bite marks on the victim’s body and those of Boden’s dentition. He was given four life terms and died in 2006. In North America, Boden was the first murderer to get convicted based on odontological evidence.


Note: This is only a glimpse of one of a few case studies that we might cover. All case studies are subject to change as per current trends and developments, except a few famous ones from the past.

Thokchom Yaisana Chanu

5

The Forensic Odontology course at SIFS India is incredible! A distinctive learning journey, expert assistance, and unique case studies.

Shreya Shukla

5

The Forensic Odontology program at SIFS India was awesome! I learned how to unlock dental mysteries while receiving expert guidance and practical instructions.

Neha Gupta

5

Kudos to SIFS India! The Odontology course is a smile-inducing adventure. I got a chance to learn how to solve cases involving teeth as evidence from skilled mentors.

Eko Prastyo

5

The odontology online training at SIFS India was mind blowing. Highly interactive sessions with exceptional study material.

Arathi K

5

I have a great time with SIFS India. All mentors possess the necessary expertise a student can ask for. It has been a fabulous experience for me during this course. Looking forward to a lifelong relationship with them.

 

Instructors

Dr. Ashith Acharya

Dr. Ashith Acharya

Professor and Head of Forensic Odontology
Dr. Pooja Puri

Dr. Pooja Puri

Assistant Professor
Dr. Rakesh Gorea

Dr. Rakesh Gorea

Professor and Head
Dr. Selina Leow

Dr. Selina Leow

Chairperson, INTERPOL DVI Committee
Prof. Emilio Nuzzolese

Prof. Emilio Nuzzolese

Forensic Odontologist

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