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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 13  |  Page : 95-98

Age Estimation from Teeth of Indian Adults Following Gustafson's Method

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Kothiwal Dental College and Research Centre, Mora Mustaqueem, Kanth Road, Moradabad - 244001, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Background: In mass disasters, dental identification assumes a primary role in the identification of the persons. Objective: The purpose of this study was to estimate the age of person's from the physiological changes of the teeth. Material & methods: 30 freshly extracted teeth were examined by Gustafson's method for age estimation which is based on the evaluation of ground sections of teeth. Six age-associated parameters were evaluated in the ground sections. Each parameter was allotted a score of 0-3 depending upon degree of changes in the tooth. Total age was then estimated. Results: The mean difference between chronological and estimated age was 0.55 ± 0.42 SD years. Conclusion: The study shows that Gustafson's ageing method is one of the convenient methods in assessing the age of a person.

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