Forensic dentistry is a developing area in Sri Lanka but this specialty is well established in Western countries. Synonyms are Forensic Odontology and Forensic Odonto Stomatology.
Forensic dentistry is defined as an application of the art and sciences of dentistry to the legal system (Jablonski 1982). According to (Nielson,1980) it is the branch of Dentistry which deals with the proper handling and examination of dental evidence and proper evaluation and presentation of dental findings in the interest of the justice .
This area basically deals with the Medic –legal issues related to dentistry both in the living and dead. At present two Dental Surgeons are employed as Forensic Odontologists located in the Institution of Legal medicine and toxicology , Colombo (ILMT) to handle those cases within the institution and referrals from other forensic centers.
The basis of applications of this subject is as follows: