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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 63-65

Age estimation using third molar teeth: A study on southern Saudi population


1 Division of Oral Radiology-Oral Diagnosis, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
2 College of Dentistry, Jissan University, Jissan, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Muhammed Ajmal
Division of Oral Radiology- Oral Diagnosis, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0975-1475.109886

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Objective: To estimate the age of an individual between 13 and 23 years, using Demirjian method in Saudi male patients in the southern region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Materials and Methods: A total of 360 male patient's digital panoramic radiographs were used to evaluate the morphology of mandibular 3rd molar teeth roots according to the Demirjian method. Using descriptive statistical method, age was calculated. Results: Result showed a strong relation of age with stages of root development of 3rd molar teeth. The standard deviation of mean of root development stages is 1.47 years of age. Conclusion: This study suggests that age can be predicted with a statistical significant result for ages between 13 and 23. Further studies with large population are needed for better statistical results and for female age assessment.


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