Journal of Applied Dental
and Medical Sciences
Journal of Applied Dental and Medical Sciences is A Quarterly Published


Rugoscopy as an adjunct to sex differentiation in Forensic Odontology

Jain S1,Jain A2


Palatal rugae are anatomical wrinkles or folds called “plica palatine,” the asymmetrical connective tissue located on the anterior third of the palate behind the incisive papilla. Palatal rugae are important tool for the identification of individual because of its unique pattern. This study aimed at comparing the rugae patterns among males and females as an adjunct to gender differentiation. Aim and Objectives:-The aim of this study was to compare the rugae pattern among males and females. Objectives were to evaluate and compare total number, length, shape, and unification of rugae among males and females. Material and method:- Eighty (40 males and 40 females) maxillary casts were poured with dental stone. The method of rugae identification was based on the classification of Thomas et al and kapali et al. This classification includes number, length, shape and unification of rugae. Result:- After analyzing all the data, we observed significant higher number of wavy and curved rugae patterns among females then in males. Conclusion:- We concluded that significant differences occur in the palatal rugae patterns among both the genders.

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