Sex determination is an deciding and key factor in determining the biological profile of unidentified human remains, since an exact results would automatically exclude about half the population in search operations. Dental identification between males and females can be easily observed and notified under sexual dimorphism concept where a specific differences in size, stature and appearance can be seen easily. Department of forensic investigation utilises craniofacial morphology, tooth dimensions and DNA analysis in determine sex differentiation in a scientific manner. It has beensuggested that odontometrics plays an important role in determining sex in young individuals, where secondary sexual characters have not developed. In addition, the resistance of teeth to postmortem make them consider it as a valuable tool in forensic investigation. Few studies on dental sex dimorphism was exsisted in South-Asian populations, which includes canine indexing. The aim and objective of the present study was to investigate whether dimorphism of permanent maxillary canine teeth as well as inter-canine width play a specific key role in establishing sex identity in people of north india.
Last date updated on July, 2014