Proving a Person is Older than 18 Years Based on the Periodontal Space (Ligament) and Root Pulp of Lower Wisdom Teeth from Imaging

Recently, four articles that have been published on this site regarding using wisdom teeth as seen in an image from either panoramic x-ray or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to estimate age: 1) forensic age estimation using wisdom teeth, 2) using panoramic x-rays of lower wisdom teeth to legally prove if someone is older than 18 years and 21 years, 3) Using lower wisdom teeth developmental stages determined from panoramic x-rays to calculate age, and 4) dental age estimation using MRI of wisdom teeth. From these studies discussed their appears to be a need to further explore using the so called Olze methods from Olze et al., “Evaluation of the radiographic visibility of the root pulp in the lower third molars for the purpose of forensic age estimation in living individuals,” in the International Journal of Legal Medicine, vol. 124, pp. 183–186, 2010, and Olze et al., “Assessment … Read more

Dentist Who Groped Patients Sentenced to Jail

A Melbourne Australian dentist who groped his patients was sentenced to jail for seven years in late 2018. The 60 year old dentist plead guilty to indecent assault of eight patients and one staff member over a period of nearly 20 years. He must serve at least four and a half years before being eligible for parole. The dentist had actually had his registration suspended due to a patient who died after having wisdom teeth removed in August 2017. The dentist had been prevented from treating women since November 2016 as complaints from women began to come in 2014. He first denied three complaints but then as additional complaints came in he was forced to go to trial. In one case the dentist ran his hands against a woman’s hips and breast and mouthed “I love you” to her. In … Read more

Preventing Tooth Decay: Five Simple Dental Care Tips

Everyone hates going to the dentist and yet, most of us neglect our oral hygiene. Oral hygiene doesn’t require a lot of time and effort, but it does require consistency. You need to spend less than 10 minutes every day to prevent tooth decay and save yourself a whole lot of money and pain! Tooth decay is a slow process so it’s not too late to start paying attention to your oral hygiene. A regular dental care routine is essential for healthy teeth. You may have seen fancy dental gadgets in the store, but you don’t really need them – just a toothbrush and floss is enough to keep tooth decay at bay. Here are 5 simple ways to prevent tooth decay: 1. Brush Twice a Day Most of us are so tired by the end of the day, that … Read more

Benefits of Chairside Teeth Whitening

Everybody wants a picture-perfect smile. Chairside or professional teeth whitening can increase the aesthetic allure of your teeth far more than over-the-counter whitening products can do. Because of advancement in modern technology, teeth whitening has become simpler, easier, and more affordable. Remember that nothing can substitute professional teeth whitening treatment. While you may find a lot of teeth whitening products online or in drug stores, you don’t have a guarantee that these will work and give amazing results. In this post, you’ll learn the benefits of professional teeth whitening. Your Safest Option Teeth whitening treatments don’t typically present any significant safety concerns. Whether teeth whitening is performed at home or in our office, dentists ensure a safe environment for patients. A dentist can help you right away if ever you experience issues, such as discomfort and extreme sensitivity. Also, a … Read more

Dental Age Estimation Using MRI of Wisdom Teeth

Recently, three articles have been published on this site regarding using wisdom teeth to estimate age: 1) forensic age estimation using wisdom teeth, 2) using panoramic x-rays of lower wisdom teeth to legally prove if someone is older than 18 years and 21 years , and 3) Using lower wisdom teeth developmental stages determined from panoramic x-rays to calculate age. All such articles use panoramic x-rays of wisdom teeth in order to attempt to estimate the age of the person they came from. However, recently there has also been articles describing using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of wisdom teeth to predict age. One article is by Baumann et al. “Dental age estimation of living persons: Comparison of MRI with OPG,” Forensic Science International, vol. 253, pp. 76–80, 2015. Another article is by Guo et al. “Dental age estimation in living individuals using … Read more