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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-21

A comparative analysis of root dentin transparency with known age


1 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, H.P. Government Dental College and Hospital, Shimla - 171 001, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Mahatma Gandhi Post Graduate Institute Of Dental Sciences, Puducherry - 605 006, India

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Anita Singhal
Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, H.P. Govt. Dental College and Hospital, Shimla - 171 001
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-2948.71052

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Objective: To correlate dimensions of root transparency and age, and to assess whether transparency is reliable for age estimation of unknown. Materials and Methods: 50 freshly extracted single rooted permanent teeth from 50 different individuals (27 males and 23 females) were collected and their ground sections of 400 ΅m were stained with 1% methylene blue. The area of the translucent zone was measured by superimposing a transparent graph paper on the ground section under stereomicroscope. The length of the translucency was measured by using digital vernier caliper. Results: A strong positive correlation between age and translucency of dentin was noted. The length rather than the area of the translucent zone correlated more with age. Conclusion: Translucency of the root dentin increases with age and it can be used as a reliable parameter for the age estimation.


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