Cementum Thickness as a Parameter for Age Estimation

  • Sanjay G Thete Associate Professor, Department of Oral Pathology & Microbiology, Rural Dental College, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, Maharashtra, India.
  • Deepak M Vikhe Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Rural Dental College, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, Maharashtra, India.
  • Rahul B Patil Professor, Department of Oral Pathology & Microbiology, Rural Dental College, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, Maharashtra, India.
  • Saurabh L Sabnis Associate Professor, Department of Oral Pathology & Microbiology, Rural Dental College, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, Maharashtra, India.
  • Neha Mahajan Postgraduate Student, Department of Orthodontiics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, D.Y. Patil School of Dentistry, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
  • Astha Bramhecha Postgraduate Student, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Kalyani Misal Rural Dental College, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, Maharashtra, India.
Keywords: Age Estimation, Cresyl Violet, Cementum Thickness.

Abstract

Aim: The aim of the present study was to verify the reliability of the method using a single parameter of cementum thickness in a decalcified section of the tooth stained by a cresyl violet stain.

Materials and Methods: In the present study, 140 extracted teeth from individuals with known age were studied. The decalcified section was stained by a cresyl violet stain and observed under research microscopy. The average thickness of cementum was measured using a digital scale. The age was estimated using a single parameter based on the correlation of cementum thickness with the chronological age.

Conclusion: Estimating age by measuring cementum thickness is a reliable method. The use of a cresyl violet stain for decalcified sections of the tooth makes cementum and the incremental lines more prominent thus helping to measure cementum thickness more accurately.

Published
2020-09-25