TECHNICAL NOTE ODONTOLOGY
Is the Assessment of Dental Age by the Nolla Method Valid for Eastern Turkish Children?
Article first published online: 21 MAR 2011
© 2011 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 56, Issue 4, pages 1025–1028, July 2011
How to Cite
Miloglu, O., Celikoglu, M., Dane, A., Cantekin, K. and Yilmaz, A. B. (2011), Is the Assessment of Dental Age by the Nolla Method Valid for Eastern Turkish Children?. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 56: 1025–1028. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2011.01755.x
- Issue published online: 5 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 21 MAR 2011
- Received 6 Feb. 2010; and in revised form 3 May 2010; accepted 19 June 2010.
- forensic science;
- dental age;
- chronologic age;
- Nolla’s method;
- Turkish children;
- age estimation
Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate whether or not the Nolla method is appropriate for Turkish children for the determination of the dental age (DA). A group of 719 children between the ages of 6 and 18 years were included in the study. DAs from orthopantograms by the Nolla method were estimated. The results obtained were compared with chronologic age (CA). Paired t and the Wilcoxon tests were performed. Both genders were underestimated in dental maturity when compared with the reference samples in total (−0.3 years) (p < 0.01). The differences in girls were statistically significant in total and in all groups except for 7–7.9. The differences in boys between the CAs and DAs were not statistically significant in total and in all groups except for 7–7.9 and 8–8.9. Although the accuracy of this method was suitable for boys, according to our findings, it was not suitable for girls.