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J Forensic Dent Sci. 2018 Sep-Dec;10(3):128-131. doi: 10.4103/jfo.jfds_79_17.

Forensic pediatric dentistry.

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Department of Dentistry, Government Taluk Head Quarters Hospital, Malappuram, Kerala, India.


Forensic dentistry is the legal field of dentistry which analyses dental evidence in the interest of justice. Pediatric dentistry is that dental specialty concerned with the treatment of dental diseases in children. This specialty is utilized for identification of individuals through visual, clinical, and radiographic interpretation of sound and caries involved teeth, eruption sequence of teeth, shedding sequence of teeth, tooth calcification and maturation, fracture of teeth, root canal therapy, type of restorations and dental crowns and bridges, pit and fissure sealants, appliances, oral and maxillofacial pathologies and associated syndromes and injuries of teeth and tooth mark examination. This specialty is also utilized for age estimation studies which include eruption sequence, Schour and Massler chart, Demirjian's method using dental maturation chart, and Nolla's stages of calcification. This specialty also plays an important role in recognizing child abuse. This paper aims to discuss the forensic aspect of pediatric dentistry from the Indian context.


Age estimation; child abuse; forensic aspect; forensic dentistry; identification; pediatric dentistry

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