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Dental Cementum in Age Estimation: A Polarized Light and Stereomicroscopic Study

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Abstract:

Abstract: 

Dental hard tissues are good candidates for age estimation as they are less destructive and procedures to determine age can be easily performed. Although cementum annulations and cementum thickness are important parameters in this regard, they are seldom used. This study was undertaken to review the methods, difficulties in execution of techniques, and accuracy of cementum thickness and annulations in estimating the age. Unstained and stained ground sections of tooth were used to measure cemental thickness and count cemental annulations based on which age was estimated and was compared with known age. Although there was positive relation between cemental thickness and annulations with age, only in 1–1.5% of cases, age could be predicted with accuracy.

Keywords: age estimation; cementum annulations; cementum thickness; forensic odontology; forensic science; polarized microscope; stereomicroscope

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01363.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, People’s College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Madhya Pradesh, India (former PG student, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka, India). 2: Educare Institute of Dental Sciences, Kerala, India. 3: Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, People’s Dental Academy, Madhya Pradesh, India (former PG student, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka, India).

Publication date: 2010-05-01

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