Forensic dentistry

How can dentists identify deceased victims based on their dental restorations?

The most common performed task for forensic dentists in Norway today is identification of deceased persons. This course will describe in detail how a forensic dentist works to be able to establish correct identity of victims, and which factors that are decisive to assure that the conclusion is valid. The course will also focus on how a regular dentist can contribute in identification work and how to become a forensic dentist.

    • Why is identification of victims important?
    • Introduction to dental identification
    • Use of standardised INTERPOL protocols
    • How can a regular dentist can contribute in identification work?
    • How do you become a forensic dentist?

Course duration: Flexible.

This course is accepted in the continuing education program for the Norwegian Dental Association (NDA/NTF).

Simen Kopperud, Senior Scientist

Simen graduated as dentist (DDS) from the University of Oslo in 2005 and received a PhD degree from the same university in 2013. He is a senior scientist at NIOM and has his background in clinical dental research, with main interest in cariology and minimal intervention dentistry.

Simen has military rank as major in the Norwegian Armed Forces and is engaged in the teaching of forensic odontology at the University of Oslo. As a dentist, he has many years’ experience from both private practice and Public Dental Service.