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Volume 16 , Issue 6
November/December 2003

Pages 593596

Clinical Behavior of Translucent-Fiber Posts: A 2-Year Prospective Study

Francesca Monticelli, DDS/Simone Grandini, DDS, MS/Cecilia Goracci, DDS, MS/Marco Ferrari, MD, DDS, PhD

PMID: 14714836

Purpose: This study prospectively evaluated the clinical performance of three types of translucent posts over a follow-up period of between 2 and 3 years. Materials and Methods: Selected were 225 patients with one premolar in need of endodontic treatment, followed by restoration with a fiber post and porcelain crown. The sample was randomly divided into three groups of 75 patients each. The same type of post was used in all patients within a group: group 1 = Aesthetic Plus; group 2 = DT; and group 3 = FRC Postec. For bonding the post, a light-curing adhesive (One-Step) and a dual-curing resin cement (Duo-Link) were applied in group 1 and 2 roots, whereas self-curing materials (Excite DSC as adhesive and MultiLink as resin cement) were used in group 3. After 6, 12, and 24 months, patients were recalled, and a clinical and radiographic examination was performed. For some patients, 30-month follow-up data were also collected. Results: Debonding of the post occurrred in eight cases (3.5%); in another six cases, a recurrence of the periapical lesion was reported. Conclusion: The statistical analysis did not reveal any significant difference in the survival rate of the tested posts, suggesting that all are equally and sufficiently reliable for clinical use. Int J Prosthodont 2003;16:593596.

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