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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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CORRALES MONGE, Susana  y  FERNANDEZ CHAVES, José Manuel. Basic concepts about Lamendin´s method in age estimation. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2021, vol.38, n.1, pp.89-100. ISSN 2215-5287.

Forensic dentistry represents one of the most useful disciplines in the identification of human beings, teeth can also provide, among other characteristics, the approximate age of a person. Throughout history, different age estimation methods have been developed, among which the Lamendin method (root translucency) is simple and quite accurate without the need for specialized equipment to perform it.As any diagnostic method has limitations, it can be used in adults after the age of 20 in single-rooted teeth without caries, presenting greater reliability and precision, when the age range remains between 40 and 70 years. However, it does not take gender or race into consideration, so this can represent a considerable limitation; In addition to the above, in Costa Rica, to date, there are no studies that allow corroborating the effectiveness of the Lamendin method in the population.

Palabras clave : Lamendin´s method; root translucency; teeth; forensic dentistry; identification; age; population..

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