Two-criteria Dental Aging Method Applied to a Bosnian Population: Comparison of Formulae for Each Tooth Group Versus One Formula for all Teeth

  • Nermin Sarajlić International Commission on Missing Persons
  • Zdenko Cihlarž Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tuzla
  • Eva-Elvira Klonowski International Commission on Missing Persons
  • Ivan Selak Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sarajevo
  • Hrvoje Brkić Department of Dental Anthropology and Forensic Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb
  • Berislav Topić Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Keywords: forensic age estimation, teeth, Lamendin and Prince method, Bosnian population

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to obtain age estimation formulae using the length of periodontosis, transparency of the root and root height in each tooth group for the current male population in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to compare these formulae with Lamendin's and Prince's formulae. The research was undertaken on 847 single rooted teeth from 200 identified deceased persons, individuals who died between the ages of 23 and 85 years. Periodontosis, transparency and root height were measured according to Lamendin's procedure. All teeth were grouped in two ways: according to the tooth groups and to the age groups. The highest coefficients of correlation are obtained for maxillary canines (R = 0,731) and mandibular canines (R = 0,706) and the maxillary lateral incisors showed the lowest mean error (ME = 6,63 years). In age groups, the lowest mean error was obtained in the 40-49 years age group (ME = 5,15 years). Equations developed in this study give statistically significantly better age estimations in comparison to the original Lamendin and Prince formulae for the whole sample as well as for each tooth group, except for mandibular central incisors. Age estimation with models developed for each tooth group (except for mandibular lateral incisors) was statistically significantly better than models based on the whole sample.

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Published
2006-08-20
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Sarajlić N, Cihlarž Z, Klonowski E-E, Selak I, Brkić H, Topić B. Two-criteria Dental Aging Method Applied to a Bosnian Population: Comparison of Formulae for Each Tooth Group Versus One Formula for all Teeth. Bosn J of Basic Med Sci [Internet]. 2006Aug.20 [cited 2019Dec.7];6(3):78-3. Available from: http://www.bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/3150
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