ACDE Webinar Series


 Introduction to Forensic Odontology


Friday, February 17, 2023

11:00 AM-1:00 PM ET


A joint live webinar series

Course Details


Forensic odontology is the proper handling, examination, and analysis of dental and oral and maxillofacial remains for use in legal proceedings or by investigative agencies. Forensic dentists are asked to assist investigative agencies to identify recovered human remains from natural disasters to terrorist attacks, airplane crashes, earthquakes, fires and other catastrophic events. In addition, they are asked to examine bite marks for perpetrator, decedent or victim identification. Forensic dentists may also be asked to assist in determining age, sex, race, occupation, previous dental history and socioeconomic status of unidentified and missing humans. Identification is done by the comparison of antemortem and postmortem dental records including chart notes, radiographs, stone casts, and other information. In this course, we will discuss many of these facets of forensic odontology.



At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:


  1. Understand how an autopsy is performed and tissue analyzed.
  2. Compare postmortem and antemortem data for decedent identification.
  3. Know the importance of maintaining excellent dental records and in particular, charting.
  4. Recognize the general organization of forensic services at the state level.
  5. Document a forensic case and compose a forensic document for use by the legal profession.


Audience: All dental professionals


 Allen Samuelson, DDS is an associate professor in the Division of Craniofacial and Surgical Services at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry. Dr. Samuelson received his BA from North Carolina State University in 1986 and his DDS from the UNC School of Dentistry in 1992. He then completed a two-year general practice residency at UNC Hospitals in 1994 and a one-year internship in oral and maxillofacial surgery in 1995. He was hired full-time at the UNC School of Dentistry in 1995. Dr. Samuelson is director of the Special Care / Geriatric clinic and also attends at UNC Hospitals OR and dental service. He teaches in the undergraduate, AEGD and GPR programs. He is a master in the Academy of General Dentistry, fellow in the American Academy of Hospital Dentistry, fellow in the American College of Dentists, and a diplomate in Special Care Dentistry.


Conflict of Interest: In accordance with ADA CERP Standard V, everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. This information will be made available to participants at the start of the course.

About this Series

Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE)


The ACDE, of which the University of Louisville School of Dentistry's Office of Continuing Education (ULSD CE) is a member, brings together individuals who represent university-based continuing dental education programs associated with accredited dental schools in Canada and the United States.


The ACDE and 35 of its member schools are jointly providing this series of live webinars featuring university-based key opinion leaders.


Each lecture will be presented by a different member school's faculty member. By registering through this page, ULSD CE will provide your verification of attendance document. Similar to our other CE offerings, we will maintain a record of your attendance in our database, which you may always access through your personal ULSD CE account.


CE staff of participating schools declare that neither they nor any member of their family have a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program, nor do they have a financial interest in any commercial product(s) or service(s) the speaker will discuss in the presentation, within the last 12 months that are relevant to this educational activity.


Registration open through 2/17/2023 10:30 AM EST

Continuing Education

Lecture: CEU(s) - 2

Education Method: Online, Live Interactive Presentation

Course Tuition

Webinar Fee: $69.00


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Please note there are no discounts for the ACDE webinar series.



Cancellation Policy:
We reserve the right to cancel, modify course date, revise course content, and revise program faculty and activities. Registered participants will be notified if a course is revised or cancelled, as warranted. In the event a course is cancelled, tuition will be refunded.

All registrations are subject to the ULSD Cancellation Policy. This is a 'non-limited' attendance course.

ULSD must receive your written request for cancellation not later than two-weeks prior to course start date to process a refund. A 30% processing fee will be deducted from the refund. Course Registrants who are a 'NO-SHOW' forfeit course tuition.


Live Interactive Webinar: Zoom


Technical assistance: Please be in touch with the ULSD CE office at



This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the schools listed here.

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.


The University of Louisville School of Dentistry designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.