Dentinal translucency is an established histological parameter for age estimation. Thickness of a ground section is a confounding agent for translucency assessment. The aim of the present study was to assess the interaction of thickness with predictive ability of translucency area/length/grey value for age. Ground sections were prepared of 50 extracted teeth (of known age/gender), thickness was measured, and the scanned image was assessed for area/length of translucency using image-J-v1.50. Simple linear regression analysis was used to correlate age with translucency parameters with thickness as an interaction variable. Translucency length was a better predictor of age than area. The equation with translucency length, average thickness and mean grey value was seen to have the best correlation with age (r =0.708, SEE = 13.346 years). Age estimation using dentinal translucency is feasible and is unaffected by size of the tooth but is influenced by the thickness of the ground section.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-150
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-10-2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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