Third molars in the establishment of adult status - a case report

Nambiar, P. and Yaacob, H. and Menon, R. (1996) Third molars in the establishment of adult status - a case report. Journal of Forensic Odonto-Stomatology, 14 (2). pp. 30-33. ISSN 0258-414X ,


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Teeth are the most durable structures in the human body. The timing and sequence of their development, as contained in dental development charts, have been used as valid criteria for age determination. The third molars however are the last teeth to erupt and are regarded as the most variable in the dentition. Age estimation in a legal context, using developing third molars must be carefully applied otherwise justice may miscarry. A case of wrongful use of the technique is presented here.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By (since 1996): 13 Export Date: 30 September 2012 Source: Scopus CODEN: JFOSE PubMed ID: 9227080 Language of Original Document: English Correspondence Address: Nambiar, P.; Department of Oral Biology, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Age determination Third molar Tooth development adolescent adult article case report dentition human justice legal aspect molar tooth priority journal Age Determination by Teeth Age Factors Drug and Narcotic Control Expert Testimony Forensic Dentistry Humans Malaysia Molar, Third
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of General Dental Practice And Oral & Maxillofacial Imaging
Depositing User: Mr Ahmad Azwan Azman
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2012 01:23
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2012 01:23

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