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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 72-77

Age estimation methods used in dentistry - A survey among dental students


1 Department of Forensic Odontology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Forensic Odontology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Abirami Athanari
Department of Forensic Odontology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijfo.ijfo_18_21

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Introduction: Age estimation is an important factor in biological identification in forensic science. It assists in narrowing the search possibilities for unidentified deceased or living individuals for legal purposes. Teeth are the strongest structures in the human body and are protected by the soft and hard tissues. Thus, the dental structures are highly resistant to external factors. There are three main types of age. They are physiological age, pathological age, and chronological age. This research is needed to improve the knowledge on age estimation methods used in dentistry. This research also fulfills the deficiency of work on knowledge about age estimation methods. Aim: This study aims to create awareness about the age estimation methods used in dentistry and to make mindfulness about the age estimation methods used in dentistry. Materials and Methods: The method involved in this study was an online survey of questionnaires, which involves assessing the awareness and knowledge on radiographs used in dentistry. Approval from the institutional ethical committee and informed consent from the participants were obtained. The total number of participants was 100. The data collected were exported to Google Sheets and were analyzed by using the software SPSS version 23. The P value is 0.00. Conclusion: Among the population, postgraduate students have higher awareness and knowledge than the undergraduate students.


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