Forensic Dentistry as an Analysis Tool for Sex Estimation: A Review of Current Techniques

Dennis Heng (Lead / Corresponding author), Scheila Manica, Ademir Franco

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Abstract

Sex estimation is an integral part of the forensic human identification process. Determining the sex of an unknown deceased victim helps with the dental profiling process, as only missing persons of the same sex need to be considered for identification. Nowadays, methods that are commonly used in dental sex estimation have either low accuracy or reliability or require complex equipment or tools to perform. Forensic tools for dental sex determination can broadly be categorised into metric, non-metric, and biochemical methods. This paper provides an in-depth review into the existing methods for dental sex estimation and presents the strengths and limitations of each method. It will also briefly discuss prospective developments in the field of dental sex estimation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-39
Number of pages15
JournalResearch and Reports in Forensic Medical Science
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • dental sex estimation
  • sexual dimorphism
  • human identification
  • forensic dentistry

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