Morphometric analysis of palatal rugae among Jordanians: Further evidence of worldwide palatal rugae individuality

Ayman Ghazi Mustafa, Mohammed Allouh, Islam Tarawneh, Raed Alrbata

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Abstract

This study investigated the morphology and individuality of palatal rugae among Jordanians. The assessment of palatal rugae was done on 327 dental casts. The palatal rugae within each cast were outlined and then classified according to their length, shape and orientation. The test of individuality was performed on a subset of 50 casts that were selected randomly from the study sample. Statistical analyses revealed that the only rugae type that was significantly different between males and females was the anterior rugae type (P<0.05). The predominant types of palatal rugae were the primary (P<0.05), the anterior (P<0.05), and the wavy (P<0.05). Moreover, none of the compared palatal rugae patterns were identical. The study provided reference data regarding the morphology of palatal rugae among Jordanians and more importantly it provided evidence that the individuality of palatal rugae is not limited to certain ethnicity or population but is more likely a worldwide phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-63
Number of pages11
JournalAustralian Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Forensic dentistry
  • Forensic science
  • Individuality
  • Morphology
  • Palatal rugae
  • Palate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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