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Acta stomatologica Croatica, Vol.40 No.3 September 2006. -

Age estimation in children is a fundamental question in forensic medicine, paediatric endocrinology and orthodontic treatment. Several methods deal with their age estimation, including methods based on bone and on tooth development.

Since several authors have shown that odontological methods can differ in accuracy when different populations are considered, this paper focuses on improvement of the method developed by Cameriere et al., extending it to a larger sample of children belonging to several European regions - 505 Italian, 304 Kossovan and 291 Slovenian children, and investigates the efficiency of the method when various populations are pooled together. Correlation coefficients were evaluated between age and predictive variables. Statistical analysis was performed with the S-PLUS 6 statistical program S-PLUS 6.1 for Windows, Professional Edition, Release 1. The significance threshold was set at 5%. Statistical analysis indicated that gender, sum of normalized open apices and number of teeth with complete root development have a significant influence on age estimation. Belonging to various European regions did not have a significant influence on model parameters.

age determination by teeth; radiography, dental; forensic dentistry; regression analysis

Author: Roberto Cameriere - Luigi Ferrante - Francesco Scarpino - Branko Ermenc - Zeqiri Bejtulla -



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