Dispelling the “CSI Effect” Myth: An Overview of Contemporary Forensic Dentistry

Dispelling the “CSI Effect” Myth: An Overview of Contemporary Forensic Dentistry

Sep 18, 2021

Handlrey Hotel


Because of the current popularity of forensic faire in television, the general public is getting a skewed view of the true nature of forensic investigation.  This issue is commonly known as the “CSI effect”.  In this seminar, Dr. Cardoza will dispel this myth as it relates to forensic odontology.  Topics will include forensic dental identification of decedents of varying postmortem states including: skeletal, fragmented, decomposed, burned remains and pattern injuries as they relate to bite mark investigation not only in human bites but animal bites as well.

  • Learn the varied roles of forensic dentists.
  • Understand the forensic value of dental records.
  • Recognize how to cooperate with the legal system.

Dr. Anthony “Rick” Cardoza is the chief forensic dental consultant for the County of San Diego Office of the Medical Examiner and the County of Imperial Office of the Coroner. Dr. Cardoza also consults for the State of California Department of Justice, State of California, Office of the Emergency Services,  and is the Director of the California Dental Identification Team (CalDIT).  Dr. Cardoza is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology. Dr. Cardoza graduated from Northwestern Dental School in 1985 and maintains a general dental practice in Santee, California.