Dental Expert Witnesses


Dental expert witnesses testify about issues in General Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, and Orthodontics. In the past 20 years, new materials and technologies have brought incredible innovations to the field of Dentistry including digital radiography, same-day dental restorations, and prosthetics. Access to state-of-the art procedures has also broken traditional barriers between General Dentists and their counterparts in Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, and Oral Surgery. The utilization of dental care has never been higher as over 200,000 dentists treat U.S. patients every day.  As a result, Dental expert witnesses are in high demand. 

Regardless of their area specialization, all dentists begin their careers by undertaking four years of training at a dental school recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Graduates earn either a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) or a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, though the titles confer identical privileges. By undertaking an additional one to three years of residency, Dentists may specialize in a variety of fields including Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology, or Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology.

General Dentists focus on preventative dentistry and the health of teeth and gums, but they often consult with specialists for complex problems. Endodontists treat dental pain and problems relating to the interior of each tooth. Periodontists address the gums (gingiva) and supporting structures around the teeth. Prosthodontists specialize in the restoration and replacement of teeth for both functional and aesthetic (cosmetic) purposes. Orthodontists specialize in correcting dental alignment and malocclusion of the teeth. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMFS) operate on the face, mouth, and jaw, and perform complex procedures that intersect with the fields of Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery. Certification in OMFS requires extensive training beyond dental school, and some OMFS specialists have M.D. (Medical Doctor) degrees as well.

No matter what dental specialty your case or consulting engagement requires, Elite Medical Experts hand selects Board-Certified, impeccably credentialed Dental expert witnesses from the nation’s leading dental universities.

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Dr. Burton Bentley II, the CEO of Elite Medical Experts, is a nationally renowned authority on medical liability, informed consent, and complex issues at the intersections of medicine, law, and business. As a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Bentley founded Elite Medical Experts in 2010 while overseeing nearly a decade of year-over-year growth. Dr. Bentley also developed and patented a commercial medical device and co-founded Consent Spectrum, a state-of-the-art digital platform for informed consent in aesthetic medical procedures.  Outside of Elite, Dr. Bentley can be found spending time with his family and riding horses in Tucson’s riverbeds and deserts.

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