Forensic and Legal Dentistry

  • Klaus Rötzscher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Klaus Rötzscher
      Pages 3-10
    3. Jane Taylor, Russell Lain, William O’Reilly
      Pages 13-16
  3. Legal Dentistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Yvo Vermylen
      Pages 23-35
    3. Bernhard Knell
      Pages 37-43
    4. Charles Georget
      Pages 45-54
    5. Hannu Mäkelä
      Pages 61-63
    6. Ian R. Hill, James Hardy
      Pages 65-74
    7. Jane Taylor, Russell Lain, William O’Reilly
      Pages 83-88
    8. Joseph P. Graskemper
      Pages 89-98
    9. Klaus Rötzscher, Günter Seifert, Rolf Singer
      Pages 99-158
    10. Jean-Marc Hutt
      Pages 159-164
  4. Forensic Dentistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Klaus Rötzscher
      Pages 167-180
    3. Klaus Rötzscher
      Pages 181-194
    4. Klaus Rötzscher
      Pages 195-214
    5. Klaus Rötzscher, Dieter Leopold
      Pages 215-244
    6. Klaus Rötzscher, Eddy de Valck
      Pages 245-272
    7. Klaus Rötzscher, Tore Solheim, Claus Grundmann
      Pages 273-291
    8. Klaus Rötzscher, Wolfgang Pilz, Tore Solheim
      Pages 293-316
    9. Klaus Rötzscher, Wolfgang Pilz
      Pages 317-321
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 323-330

About this book


There is an increasing need for legal knowledge in the relationship between dentist and patient, as more and more often the dentist and the patient are meeting again in court. It is therefore advisable for the dentist to be familiar with the basics of law as it relates to dentistry, and especially the law of tort (including negligence and breach of duty of care). In addition, of course, dentists may be called upon to give evidence as impartial experts in legal cases.

This book both explains in detail diverse aspects of the law relating to dentistry and examines key issues in forensic odontostomatology. A central aim is to enable the dentist to achieve a realistic assessment of the legal situation and to reduce uncertainties and liability risk. To this end, experts from across the world discuss the dental law in their own countries, covering both civil and criminal law and highlighting key aspects such as patient rights, insurance, and compensation. In the section on forensic odontostomatology, extensive guidance is provided on development of the dentition, clinical findings and documentation, personal identification, age estimation, and the nature and significance of bite, tooth, and lip marks. This book will be an interesting and helpful source of information for all who practice in the field of dentistry as well as forensic scientists, lawyers, investigative and identification authorities, criminologists, prosecutors, insurance agents, and students.


Bite Marks Dental Law Forensic Odontostomatology Identification International Communication Liability

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus Rötzscher
    • 1
  1. 1.Odontostomatology (AKFOS)German Academy of ForensicSpeyerGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-01329-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-01330-5
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