Missouri Emergency Response Identification Team

Join us Saturday, March 26, 2022 for the Annual Merit Meeting at the MDA Executive Office.

Registration: 8am  |  Course: 8:30am-4:30pm  |  Lunch included

Forensic Dentistry: Role, Responsibilities & Interesting Cases

by Speaker, James M. Lewis, DMD, D-ABFO

Forensic dentistry is an integral part of the forensic sciences answering all medico-legal questions involving the dentition and maxillofacial structures.  Forensic dentists are involved in assisting investigative agencies in the recovery and identification of human remains, assessing the biologic profile (age, ancestry, and sex), recognition of human abuse and patterned injuries in accordance with the Standards and Guidelines of the American Board of Forensic Odontology. 

This course will provide an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the forensic dentist.  Forensic cases of regional and national interest will be presented; and there will be exercises in biologic profiling (dental age assessment; and estimating ancestry and sex from the human skeleton). 

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss forensic dentistry foundational skills and methodology
  • Discuss forensic protocols in dental evidence gathering and clandestine grave recovery
  • Demonstrate the application of craniofacial identification
  • Discuss the human biologic profile (assessment of age, ancestry, and sex)
  • Discuss importance of patterned injury recognition, analysis, and comparison
  • Participate in biologic profiling exercises
  • James (Jim) M. Lewis, DMD, D-ABFO

(MERIT) is a statewide forensic dental team. It was born out of the "Great Flood of 1993," during which a small-town Missouri cemetery was washed away and required that scores of bodies be identified for re-interment. A cadre of forensic dentists was called in to perform forensic identification, mostly from outside the state. To provide a local resource for such disasters in the future, a state dental forensic team was formed.

Each year MERIT team members meet for a continuing education and an annual meeting. You are not required to be a member of the MERIT team to attend the CE course. The program is open to dentists, auxiliaries, students or anyone interested in learning about the MERIT program.


If you have questions about this meeting please contact Mandy Lewis or call 573-634-3436.

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