While the use of age estimation techniques to help the identification process of deceased individuals is well accepted, their use in determining the age of living persons is highly controversial. The Royal College of Radiologists, the British Dental Association and others all state that the process is both unscientific and …Read More »
We know that determining a bite is from an adult or a child can be complex – especially when arch widths alone are used: Arch width changes from 6 weeks to 45 years of age And even the definition of “Adult” or “Child” with respect to dental development is complex …Read More »
This piece from the BBC furthers the concern among Europeans about the use of dental (and medical) information to age individuals in asylum or immigration cases. While there is a clear need to be sure of an individual’s age – especially if they are to be placed in children’s settings – …Read More »
The head of the UK Supreme Court has recommended Jury primers for forensic science in a piece called “Stop needless dispute of science in the courts” published in Nature this week. We have described the use of the Jury primers before – they present a means of showing the trier …Read More »
Accuracy of Cameriere’s third molar maturity index in assessing legal adulthood on Serbian population.
At the moment, a large number of asylum seekers from the Middle East are passing through Serbia. Most of them do not have identification documents. Also, the past wars in the Balkan region have left many unidentified victims and missing persons. From a legal point of view, it is crucial …Read More »
Secular trend in the maturation of permanent teeth in a sample of Turkish children over the past 30 years.
This study was performed to evaluate the influence of secular trends on dental maturation among Turkish children over the past 30 years. Orthopantomograms of 757 (385 boys, 372 girls) Turkish children born in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s were evaluated. Three groups were formed based on decade with five subgroups …Read More »
So one can argue that this is a very small, very specific population studied in this paper. Thankfully, the number of cases of children undergoing cancer therapies such as this is small, and therefore the need to age them for forensic purposes is likely to be incredibly rare. However, the …Read More »
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of the secular trend on development of third molars in 30 years period in Littoral region of Croatia. A total of 1103 panoramic radiographs of subjects aged from 6 to 18 years were analysed. First group comprised 531 panoramic radiographs …Read More »
David Senn has long been a vocal spokesperson for bitemarks and the ABFO. However, his views on bitemarks have changed over the years. Nothing different in that surely? However, the interesting thing is that Senn was once one of those calling for caution, stating in his NAS presentation that the scientific …Read More »
INTRODUCTION: Age estimation is imperative in the fields of paediatric dentistry, orthodontics and forensic science. Studies have shown that dental age estimation by the radiological method is reliable and non-destructive. Although Demirjian’s method was the most widely used estimation method, in recent studies, the Willems’ method has been found to …Read More »
The aim of this study is to analyse the age-predicting performance of third molar index (I3M) in dental age estimation. A multiple regression analysis was developed with chronological age as the independent variable. In order to investigate the relationship between the I3M and chronological age, the standard deviation and relative …Read More »
The applicability of Willems’ method for age estimation in southern Turkish children: A preliminary study.
The aims of the present study were to evaluate the applicability and accuracy of Willems’ method for assessing southern Turkish children and to analyze the practicability of this method in different age groups for both genders. Panoramic radiographs of 756 children (378 females, 378 males) aged between 5 and 14.99 …Read More »