Dental age estimation in brazilian older adults: report of two cases

  • Mário Marques Fernandes Ministério Público do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Alana de Cassia Silva Azevedo Universidade de São Paulo
  • Alexandre Raphael Deitos Departamento de Polícia Federal
  • Maria Gabriela Haye Biazevic Universidade de São Paulo
  • Rogério Nogueira Oliveira Universidade de São Paulo
Keywords: age determination by teeth, radiography, tooth, dental pulp.


OBJECTIVE: report two cases of age estimation using the method developed by Kvaal et al. (1995).
CASE DESCRIPTION: two males, apparently older and without identity documents, underwent age estimation tests by the Public Ministry in order to estimate chronological age. This method proposes a specific formula for dental elements present with error margin of 11.5 years. After this stage, new civil records were carried out, entitling the cases to some social benefits.
CONCLUSION: age estimation in living individuals is a challenge but significantly important in the civil and penal spheres, and Kvaal’s technique may be used in Brazilian older adults.


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