Forensic Odontology: Dental Aging

Age estimation has significant impact in clinical, archaeological, humanitarian and, of course, forensic contexts. In the forensic sphere, age estimation is one of the most informative data from the biological profile and, in conjunction with sex, ancestry, stature and antemortem trauma, it may lead to a positive identification.

The biological age can be estimated through different approaches such as anthropological, odontological, histological, and molecular. Due to its significance in the forensic context, age estimation is a hot topic in anthropology and odontology research. Forensic professionals dealing with age estimation cases must be aware of the techniques and methodologies available in order to select those ones that will apply to each case in particular.

Throughout this course the participants will understand the basic concepts of human age estimation, will understand the methods available for dental age estimation in fetal, children and adult individuals, and will be able apply them in casework.

This course is geared towards odontologists, anthropologists, dental hygienists, and other dental professionals, as well as forensic pathologists, archaeologists, medicolegal death investigators, and other forensic professionals.

Your Instructor

Joe Adserias-Garriga
Joe Adserias-Garriga

Joe Adserias-Garriga is a forensic anthropologist and forensic odontologist from Spain, where she directed and lectured in different postgraduate programs in forensic science. She is an external advisor to Mossos d´Esquadra (Catalonian Police), who honored her contribution in forensic casework. Dr. Adserias-Garriga worked as forensic anthropologist at Forensic Anthropology Center, Texas State University, United States. She has conducted research collaborations with different entities in the United States and Europe. She is an ABFO Diplomate, and a member of the INTERPOL DVI Odontology SubWorking Group and the INTERPOL DVI Pathology-Anthropology SubWorking Group. Dr. Adserias-Garriga is Associate Professor of the Department of Applied Forensic Sciences at Mercyhurst University.

Disclaimer: The following courses were created for educational purposes only. They contain extensive discussions of principles and practices from the discipline of forensic anthropology with images of crime scenes and human remains for illustrative purposes. All of the cases have been anonymized (no specific location, nor specific individuals will be identified) and they have been adjudicated and/or permissions obtained from the proper authorities to use them for educational or research purposes.

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