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SourceInternational Journal of Prosthodontics, 18, 1, (2005), pp. 34-9
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Oral Function and Prosthetic Dentistry
International Journal of Prosthodontics
SubjectNCEBP 7: Effective primary care and public health; UMCN 4.3: Tissue engineering and reconstructive surgery
PURPOSE: This study tested whether: (1) the survival rate of cast post-and-core restorations is better than the survival of direct post-and-core restorations and post-free all-composite cores; and (2)the survival of these buildup restorations is influenced by the remaining dentin height after preparation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a clinical trial, 18 operators made 319 core restorations in 249 patients. The restorations involved were: (1) cast post-and-core restorations; (2) direct post and composite core restorations; and (3) post-free all-composite cores. All restorations were made under single porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Treatments were allocated after dentin height assessment using balanced drawing. Failures were registered during a 5-year period. RESULTS: Fifteen restorations failed during the follow-up period. Five failures occurred during the first month; they were considered to be independent from clinical aging and excluded from further survival assessments. The overall survival was 96%+/-2%. No difference was found between the survivals of the different types of restorations. The factor "remaining dentin height" appeared to have a significant effect on the survival of post-and-core restorations (98%+/-2% survival for "substantial dentin height" vs 93%+/-3% for "minimal dentin height"). CONCLUSION: The type of post and core was not relevant with respect to survival. The amount of remaining dentin height after preparation influenced the longevity of a post-and-core restoration.
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