Correlation of Age and Incremental Lines in the Cementum of Human Teeth

    Volume 31, Issue 3 (July 1986)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 July 1986

    Page Count: 8

    Paunovich, E
    Major, USAF Dental Clinic, Chief, Dental Radiology, McDill AFB, FL

    Lipsinic, FE
    Lieutenant colonel, USAF, DC; chief, Professional Services, Randolph AFB Dental Clinic, TX

    Houston, GD
    Major, USAF Dental Clinic, Chairman, Department of Oral Pathology, Keesler AFB, MS

    Robison, SF
    Lieutenant colonel, USAF Dental Clinic, Chief, Restorative Dentistry, WHMC/SGOG, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX

    (Received 5 September 1985; accepted 19 November 1985)


    It has been long recognized that cementum thickness increases with age. Much literature has recently been devoted to utilizing incremental lines in cementum as an aging criterion in animals, but only one study has been done suggesting this technique in humans. Thirty-one teeth of known age were histologically stained and sectioned to observe incremental lines. Direct predictions of age based on these lines underestimated the age of older specimens. However, there was a correlation between number of lines and age, and with a large enough specimen size, a computer-generated formula for age prediction may be possible.

    Paper ID: JFS11106J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11106J

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    Title Correlation of Age and Incremental Lines in the Cementum of Human Teeth
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30