Three-Dimensional Radiological Methods for Age Estimation in Adults by Using the Pulp/Tooth Relation: an Integrative Review

Authors

  • Vanessa Moreira Andrade Forensic Odontology Service, Afrânio Peixoto Legal Medicine Institute, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
  • Thais Uenoyama Dezem Department of Health Sciences and Social Odontology, Area of Legal Odontology, Piracicaba Dental School, University of Campinas, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
  • Andreia Cristina Breda de Souza Department of Social and Preventive Dentistry, Dentistry College, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
  • Casimiro Abreu Possante de Almeida Department of Social and Preventive Dentistry, Dentistry College, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
  • Luiz Francesquini Junior Department of Health Sciences and Social Odontology, Area of Legal Odontology, Piracicaba Dental School, University of Campinas, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
  • Eduardo Daruge Junior Department of Health Sciences and Social Odontology, Area of Legal Odontology, Piracicaba Dental School, University of Campinas, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17063/bjfs10(2)y202197-110

Keywords:

Forensic dentistry, Radiology, Age determination by teeth, Dental pulp, Tooth

Abstract

Assessment of secondary dentin apposition is an observable phenomenon widely used to estimate age. An integrative review was performed by searching the keywords "computed tomography AND age estimation AND pulp tooth volume ratio" and "microfocus x-ray AND age estimation AND pulp tooth volume ratio" in the electronic platforms Embase, PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science, in July 2020. Studies included: complete articles with age estimation from human teeth by use of computed tomography or micro-computed tomography, written in English, without time restriction. Excluded studies: not written in English or not in form of an article, clinical cases, literature reviews, if did not realize age estimations or if age estimation is done in animals teeth. The search resulted in 32 different articles. With application of the above criteria only 26 were reviewed. Data collected included: reference, year, country, tooth type, number of subjects, number of teeth, age group, image type, measuring instrument/software, type of analysis, coefficient of determination, correlation coefficient with age and accuracy. These data provided a quick global comparison of various methodologies that use the pulp/tooth relation, being practical for researchers and forensic team to which method they can use accordingly to a specific case and its expected accuracy.

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2021-02-16

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Moreira Andrade, V., Uenoyama Dezem, T., Breda de Souza, A. C., Possante de Almeida, C. A., Francesquini Junior, L., & Daruge Junior, E. (2021). Three-Dimensional Radiological Methods for Age Estimation in Adults by Using the Pulp/Tooth Relation: an Integrative Review. Brazilian Journal of Forensic Sciences, Medical Law and Bioethics, 10(2), 97-110. https://doi.org/10.17063/bjfs10(2)y202197-110