1. Key Laboratory of Shaanxi Province for Craniofacial Precision Medicine Research, Xi’an 710004, China; 2. Department of Orthodontics, Stomatological Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710004, China; 3. College of Forensic Science, Xi’an Jiaotong University Health Science Center, Xi’an 710061, China
Age estimation is a hot and difficult issue in forensic practice. Teeth are the most solid organs in human body and can be kept in vitro for a long time. With age, the secondary dentin gradually generates and the volume of pulp cavity constantly decreases. Therefore, forensic dentists proposed that age-related changes of dentin-pulp complex could be used to estimate age, which has been widely applied in forensic practice over the years. Due to the development of imaging technology, a variety of methods have been advocated by forensic dentists to detect the age-related changes of dentin-pulp complex for age estimation. However, different methods have their own advantages and limitations, forensic scientists should combine the use of different methods for improving the accuracy of age estimation according to the actual situation. This paper reviews current research of age estimation based on dentin-pulp complex, so as to provide reference for related research.