The role of tooth development and attrition analyses in burnt victim age estimation: A case report

Jessica Jessica, Vanessa Vanessa, Denys P. Alim, Fitri A. Sari, Nurtami Soedarsono

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Abstract

Introduction: A case of age estimation on burnt victim using tooth development and attrition analyses was reported. Case Report: A burnt body was brought to Forensic Department of National Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM), Jakarta, for identification. The authorities instructed minimal invasive identification procedure to avoid more damage to the body. Teeth were the only evidence available in the victim that could be used for age estimation. Victim's age was estimated from the third molar eruption status and attrition severity. Discussion: All teeth had reached the occlusal plane except the left lower third molar, which had not fully erupted. Attrition was found on almost all teeth especially on all first molars, but not on any third molar. By comparing these findings to American Dental Association (ADA) eruption diagram and the findings of Firdaus (2014) and Tuteja (2012) studies and by analyzing the severity of the attrition, it could be concluded that the estimated age range of victim was 20 to 30 years with a clenching or bruxism habit. Conclusion: This case illustrated the importance of tooth development and attrition analyses in burnt victim age estimation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClinical Reports in Dentistry
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages389-394
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781536173291
ISBN (Print)9781536173284
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Age estimation
  • Attrition
  • Burnt victim
  • Dental analysis
  • Third molar eruption

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