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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30-32

Reliability of enamel shade as a method of chronological age estimation: A study in North Gujarat population

1 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Narsinhbhai Patel Dental College and Hospital, Visnagar, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Seema Dental College and Hospital, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
3 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, MNDAV Dental College and Hospital, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Dr. Avani Patel
Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Narsinhbhai Patel Dental College and Hospital, Visnagar, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijfo.ijfo_10_20

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Background of the Study: Dental hard tissues are highly resistant to degradation and putrefaction. Enamel shade, which usually ranges from light yellow to gray white, is of great significance because of its translucency. The shade of enamel is found to be associated with the chronological age. This may also be influenced by various environmental factors, diet, habits, deficiency states, fluoride level, etc., It also depends on the color of dentine. Aim: The aim was to evaluate the relation between enamel shade and chronological age. Materials and Methods: A total of fifty patients were included and divided into various age groups. The enamel color was evaluated using a VITA classical shade guide. Results: The data were analyzed using SPSS version 12, and highly significant results were obtained. The accuracy of age determination was found to be 73.7%. Conclusion: Enamel shade can be considered as an adjunct in age range estimation of an individual.

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