Continuing Dental Education

Dental Forensics: A Primer for Volunteers – September offering

A Primer for Volunteers

Timothy Hess, DDS; Gary Heyamoto, DDS; and Kyle Tanaka, DDS

This course is offered in partnership with the Washington Academy of General Dentistry. Registration through WAGD.

Register through WAGD here.

This continuing education participation course will provide an overview of forensic dentistry, identification methods and the role odontology plays in these identifications of the deceased, identifying criminals and their victims.

Course Description

Dentists have played very important roles identifying victims of major catastrophes, such as natural disasters, airplane crashes, and terrorist activities. Dental professionals were integral in identifying victims of such tragedies as the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing, the 911 World Trade Center attacks, the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and locally, the 2014 Oso, Washington landslide.

Dental professionals have a unique skill set that makes them indispensable to the medical examiner or coroner’s office. With some basic training and credentials, the dental professional will be qualified to volunteer to assist in future emergencies.

This course will focus on the use of the WinID program. WinID is a dental computer software that can assist forensic odontologists’ human identification efforts. WinID makes use of dental and anthropometric characteristics to rank possible matches. Participants are encouraged to download and install a copy of WinID from the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO) on a Windows based computer prior to the course.

Note: While not required, you are highly encouraged to bring a laptop to the class with the WinID program – this will allow you to get the most out of the course possible.


Tim HessDr. Hess is a general dentist that graduated from the University of Washington in 1994 and practices in Auburn, WA. He is an Affiliate Instructor in Restorative Dentistry and the Director of the Tucker Institute at the University of Washington. Dr. Hess lectures and presents hands-on courses in Washington State for Botulinum Toxin-A and Dermal filler therapies. This is his 4th year in a row appearing at the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference.

Dr. Hess has been published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants and Operative Dentistry. He has lectured at the ADA Annual Meeting, the AGD Annual Meeting and the Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics. He currently lectures on implant failures due to restorative techniques and materials.

He is a Member of the Academy of Richard V Tucker Study Clubs, Academy of Operative Dentistry, Pierre Fauchard Honour Society, International Team of Implantology, SKCDS Forensic Team, WSDA, ADA, AGD, DOCS Sedation, Spear Faculty Club, Treasurer for the SKCDS and recently became a Fellow in the International College of Dentists.

Gary HeyamotoDr. Heyamoto was born and raised in Seattle. He studied at the University of Washington, receiving an undergraduate Zoology degree in 1976 and his doctorate from the UW School of Dentistry in 1980. Dr. Heyamoto believes education is a lifelong commitment and his continued participation in dental study clubs, organized dentistry and dental education courses have kept him at the forefront in dental advancement and technology.

He is a member of the: American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, Seattle-King County Dental Society, Washington Academy of General Dentistry, Washington State Forensic Dental Identification Team and several educational study clubs.


Kyla TanakaDr. Tanaka graduated from Northwestern University of Dentistry, located in Chicago, Illinois, in 1987. He has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years.

He is a member in good standing in the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association, California Dental Association, Seattle-King County Dental Society, and American Society of Forensic Odontology. Continuing his professional growth is a huge part of his practice. He participated in numerous classes and workshops. He also served as a member of the Santa Clara County peer review and forensic committee over five years. Dr. Tanaka also completed the Southwest symposium on forensic odontology.


  • Dr. Hess, Heyamoto and Tanaka have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education and Washington Academy of General Dentistry have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Friday, September 7, 2018

Washington AGD Educational Center
19415 International Blvd, #410
Seatac, WA 98188

This course is designed for dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.

Register Online through WAGD or call 253-306-0730.

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:30am – 9:00am
Course: 9:00am – 5:00pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:

7 hours

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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 University of Washington and the Washington Academy of General Dentistry.
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.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.