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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 46-49

Challenges in forensic odontology age estimation methods

Department of Forensic Odontology, JSS Dental College and Hospital, JSSAHER, Mysore, Karnataka, India

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Ms. Johanna Namene
Department of Forensic Odontology, JSS Dental College and Hospital, JSSAHER, Mysore, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijfo.ijfo_16_18

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One of the major roles of the forensic odontologist in identification is age estimation. There are a wide range of methods available in literature for age estimation. Methods have been tested on different populations, modified, and remedied. Contradictions and discrepancies between researchers often occur when the same method is applied and gives different results. There are a lot of factors leading to these discrepancies, mainly the lack of standardization of methods and procedures. However, this can be challenging because of differences in population ethnicity. Irrespective of these drawbacks, accuracy and reliability still need to be maintained. This article aims to review the limitations of various techniques used in forensic odontology, challenges faced as well as future recommendations.

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