The aim of this study was to comparatively evaluate the fracture strength of
endodontically treated canines restored with glass-fiber posts (GFPs) and either
metal-ceramic (MC) or all-ceramic (AC) crowns in the presence or absence of 2 mm of
ferrule height. Fifty human maxillary canines were endodontically treated and randomly
divided into five groups of 10 specimens each. The first group remained intact (control),
while the remainder were restored with GFPs and composite cores with either MC or
AC crowns. Each of the AC and MC groups was equally divided between teeth with or
without ferrule. Teeth were embedded in acrylic resin and loaded at a 135-degree angle
to their long axis until fracture. Fracture strength was not significantly different between
ferrule and no ferrule groups (P = .571), but was significantly larger for the MC groups
compared with the control and AC groups (P = .009 and P = .024, respectively).
A significant effect of the type of restoration was found as teeth restored with MC
crowns presented significantly higher fracture strength, independently of ferrule.
Int J Prosthodont 2013;26:384–387. doi: 10.11607/ijp.3409