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The importance of accurate charting and radiography in forensic odontology

* If booking for two or more people, please use the booking form (PDF version) or booking form (word version) to make your booking, or call us on 020 7563 4590

Date ​Thursday 6 February 2020

​​​The Hit or Miss Pub, Penn Street, Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 0PX


18:30 Registration

19:00 Lecture start

20:30 Networking and food available

22:00 End

Branch / SectionHigh Wycombe Section

BDA members - £25

Non-members - £35

DCPs - £25

All costs include food if required. If you have any specific dietary requirements please email us.

Closing date for bookings is 5pm on Monday 3 February as the venue require numbers for the meal in advance.

To register your interest after this date, please email us at or call us on 020 7563 4590 and we will check if further bookings can be accepted, or you may be added to a waiting list.

​​​CPD​1 hour and 30 minutes

To gain an understanding of how the general dental team can contribute to forensic human identification.

Learning objective
  • Students will have a better understanding of the quality assurance of dental charting and the need for nurses to verify any discrepancies with their dentists during a dental inspection
  • Students will be able to provide sound justification for taking radiographs, in accordance with FGDP(UK) and to aid in forensic dental identification
  • Students will have a better understanding of the importance of taking grade I, reproducible and correctly orientated bitewing and periapical radiographs so that they can be compared against potential post mortem views.
Learning content
  • ​Completing detailed contemporaneous dental records, inclusive of dental charting
  • Taking justified, regular, grade 1 radiographic images in accordance with FGDP(UK) guidelines to support forensic dental identification, with case examples.
Development outcomesC, D

Wing Commander Melanie Clarkson

Wing Commander Melanie Clarkson qualified as a dentist in June 2003 after studying at St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry. On graduation she followed her interest of joining the Royal Air Force as a direct entrant dental officer in August 2003 and has been working ever since as a General Dental Practitioner in the RAF. Mel followed her interest in Forensic Odontology and following on from her undergraduate elective in Toronto, Canada in 2002, under the tutelage of Dr Bob Wood, she completed a 3-year part-time MSc at the University of Glamorgan, Wales, graduating with distinction in 2011. During 2008 she became a support Forensic Odontologist on the Dental Identification Team and has been called out to assist on several human identifications within the military since being on the rota from 2008.

This year she was awarded the Member of the Order of St John in March 2019 for Excellence in Military Medicine (her contribution to Forensic Odontology). Mel is currently serving at RAF High Wycombe in the Air Health Directorate as the RAF Dental Branch Advisor. Recent forensic Disaster Victim Identifications include Grenfell Tower, Leicester Shop Fire and the Leicester Helicopter Crash at King Power Football Stadium.

How to book / enquiries

Three ways to book:

Online - individual bookings only

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Then use the pink 'Register' button at the top right of this page.

Please note: If you have a GDC number you can use the online system. You do not need to be a BDA member.

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If booking online, please email us any dietary requirements.


By booking form - email / post

If you prefer to use a booking form, you are without a GDC number, you wish to book for multiple people, or you have difficulties using the online system, use the booking form (PDF version) or booking form (word version) to make your booking. 


By telephone 

Call the Events team on 020 7563 4590 to book over the phone (open Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00).

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Forthcoming High Wycombe Section events

Download the full educational programme for High Wycombe Section 2019-2020

Thursday 5 March 2020 - Oral cancer update - Mr Kunmi Fasanmade

Thursday 2 April 2020 - The new 2017 classification of periodontal diseases – here's how to incorporate into practice and Section AGM - Professor Ian Needleman

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