A Practical Perspective of Forensic Odontology in Age Estimation: 2 Medico Legal Case Studies
Keywords:Forensic odontology; Human identification; Age Estimation; Forensic Medico-Legal cases
Forensic odontology is the branch of forensics that deals with human identification based on dental features.
We discussed in this paper the medico-legal importance of different ages and the method of age estimation for
legal obligations along with case studies. Dental structures along with the skeletal age and secondary sexual
characteristics as a method of assessing age in different age groups is increasingly used in both criminal
and civil proceedings, which falls within the purview of forensic odontology. Hence, a good knowledge for
every dentist is necessary about various forensic methods like chronology of primary and permanent teeth,
DNA studies, Cheiloscopy, Palatal rugae assessments etc for identification of an individual to assess factors
like age, sex, and so can able to play vital role in practice of Forensic Odontology
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