The estimation of stature from bone or tooth segments is a complex procedure with questionable validity, especially when dealing with human remains of subadults. The aim of this study was to evaluate the Carrea method for determining stature from the dimensions of deciduous maxillary teeth and in a second step to propose a suitable mathematical method for estimating stature. We determined the arch and radio-cord maxillary in 42 patients between 36 and 84 months and applied the Carrea method, comparing estimated with actual stature. Subsequently a multivariate linear regression with stature as dependent variable and the the arch and radio-cord maxillary as independent variable. Carrea method was negative in all cases. We determined a regression equation that allowed the correct estimation of stature in 57.5% of cases with ±5 cm and in 97% with ±10cm, which is a handy utility for estimating the stature that is complemented with other methods.
KEY WORDS: stature, index of Carrea, forensic dentistry.
How to cite this article
GARRIDO, Y.; ZAVANDO, D. & SUAZO, G. I. Estimation of stature from dimensions of the deciduous dentition. Int. J. Odontostomat., 6(2):139-143, 2012.