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Harold Nemetz, D.D.S., A.M.Ed.
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Dr. Harold Nemetz is a dental expert witness assisting both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys with General and Prosthetic Dentistry matters.

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Category: Dentist

What is a Dental Expert Witness?

A dental expert witness provides testimony and information in legal proceedings on dentistry matters. As with all expert witnesses, dental expert witnesses explain concepts or interpret facts with knowledge that the average person does not possess. Used in both civil and criminal courts, dental experts usually testify about dental records, forensics, or other specialty areas in the field.

Attorneys also employ dental expert witnesses in criminal trials. In cases where dental evidence is important.  In more complex criminal cases, a forensic dental expert, for example, may be called in to testify about human remains where identification of a victim is only possible through dental records.

While the term dental expert witness implies that the expert will testify in court, this is not always so. Some dental experts simply provide background information for attorneys or provide a written, sworn statement about the evidence in a case, or give testimony in an out-of-court deposition.The expert may also help by suggesting specific lines of questioning. The expert also may provide dental examinations or interpret records, and attorneys will use the information in court without necessarily calling the dental expert to testify in person.

To become a dental expert witness:

  • A person must first earn a dentistry degree and
  • have a credible/comprehensive curriculum vitae

Opposing attorneys often call qualifications and experience into question in order to undermine testimony, so dental expert witnesses must build a solid professional resume. Thorough and accurate testimony also is a requirement, as attorneys will use any previous dishonesty or inaccurate testimony to undermine the credibility of the dental expert


What is a Dental Specialist?

What is a Dental “Specialist”?
A specialty is an area of dentistry that has been formally recognized by the American Dental Association as meeting the specified Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties. The responsibilities of the different areas of specialization, the requirements and other information can be found below. Currently there are nine dental specialties recognized by the ADA.

  • Dental Public Health:
    Dental public health is the science and art of preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts. It is that form of dental practice which serves the community as a patient rather than the individual. It is concerned with the dental health education of the public, with applied dental research, and with the administration of group dental care programs as well as the prevention and control of dental diseases on a community basis. (Adopted May 1976)
  • Endodontics:
    Endodontics is the branch of dentistry which is concerned with the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues. Its study and practice encompass the basic and clinical sciences including biology of the normal pulp, the etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and associated peritadicular conditions (Adopted December 1983)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology:
    Oral pathology is the specialty of dentistry and discipline of pathology that deals with the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations. (Adopted May 1991)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology:
    Oral and maxillofacial radiology is the specialty of dentistry and discipline of radiology concerned with the production and interpretation of images and data produced by all modalities of radiant energy that are used for the diagnosis and management of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral and maxillofacial region. (Adopted April 2001)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery:
    Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty of dentistry which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. (Adopted October 1990)
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics:
    Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is the dental specialty that includes the diagnosis, prevention, interception, and correction of malocclusion, as well as neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities of the developing or mature orofacial structures. (Adopted April 2003)
  • Pediatric Dentistry:
    Pediatric Dentistry is an age-defined specialty that provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs. (Adopted 1995)
  • Periodontics:
    Periodontics is that specialty of dentistry which encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes and the maintenance of the health, function and esthetics of these structures and tissues. (Adopted December 1992)
  • Prosthodontics:
    Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes. (Adopted April 2003)

Dental specialists are Dentists who:

  • have previously undergone the prescribed Dental School/University education necessary to become general dentists (3-4 years)
  • graduated and received a diploma
  • they had been accepted for post-doctoral education in an ‘ADVANCED EDUCATION PROGRAM’ or ‘POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAM’
  • receives a ’GRADUATE DEGREE’ or ‘CERTIFICATE.’

Various programs prepare students (dentists) for careers as researchers, academics and specialists among many other possibilities so as to complete at least two additional years of training to become experts in a particular specialty of the Dental profession (usually at a Dental School in a University).

Even though they have been previously trained in the practice of general dentistry, most dental specialists practice only within their (new) specific field of expertise. Patients seen by dental specialists are generally referred by general dentists to receive care for complex oral health issues that are beyond the scope of their general dentistry practice. THE “DENTAL SPECIALIST” IS BOARD ELIGIBLE UPON COMPLETION of the post-doctoral education program AND, is CERTIFIED as a DIPLOMAT OF THE SPECIALTY BOARD if a successful examination has been complete.

You can be a licensed practicing SPECIALIST without ever passing the boards. The big pressure to take the ‘specialty board exams’ comes from insurance companies, third party payers and hospital administrators, who are more likely to pay better or promote someone who is board certified.  Until you have passed the specialty board and become a Diplomat, you are ‘board eligible.’

Cosmetic Dentistry


Cosmetic Dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite. Many dentists refer to themselves as “cosmetic dentists” regardless of their specific education, specialty, training, and/or experience in this field.

This has been considered unethical with a predominant objective of marketing to patients. The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a formal specialty area of dentistry.


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- Lori M. Bencoe,
Bencoe, LaCour & Wood Law, P.C.

Your knowledge and comments in reviewing this matter are the type of honest approach we appreciate in an expert witness. Moreover, the research material you forwarded is quite interesting in light of the facts of this case.
Again, thank you for reviewing the case and agreeing to serve as an expert.
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Danks Teeuwiessen & Associates

I retained Dr. Harold Nemetz as a dental expert in _ v.USA. The case hinged on whether Mr. Unin's dentist exercised the degree of care ordinarily exercised during a tooth extraction. Dr. Nemetz took pains to educate me on the nature of teeth and gums and relevant standard of care, all of which helped immensely. And during his trial testimony, he presented as professional, knowledgeable, unbiased and forceful.
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- Michele Brown,
Power & Brown, LLC

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Harold Nemetz, DDS, AMED
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