Similar performance from glass fibre–reinforced epoxy resin posts and titanium posts in endodontically treated teeth at 7 years


Yesterday (Dental Elf 14th Jan 2012) we looked at a review that compared cast and fibre posts in-vitro. Here we are looking at a trail that compares the use of more flexible, dentine-like (low Young modulus) glass fibre–reinforced epoxy resin posts (GFREPs) with rather rigid, stiff (higher Young modulus) titanium posts (TPs) in order to improve the survival rate of severely damaged endodontically treated teeth.

Adults over 18 years of age with a symptom-free tooth with a root canal filling without a radiologically 
visible periapical lesion, No or treated periodontitis with a maximum probing depth of 4mm and no bleeding on probing who required post-endodontic treatment were included. Patients were randomised to receive either a tapered TP or tapered GFREP. The main outcome was loss of restoration for any reason. Secondary endpoints were tooth loss, post debonding, post fracture, vertical or horizontal root fracture, endodontic or peri-radicular conditions requiring endodontic retreatment, secondary caries and failure of core build-up, and loss of restoration because of technical failures. The patients were recalled at 3, 6, and 12 months and then annually up to 84 months after post placement for clinical examination.

  • 45 patients received GFREP and 46 TPs. A total of 18 patients did not complete the 84-month follow-up period (20.7 %).
  • After 84 months of observation (mean = 71.2 months), No statistical difference was found between the survival rates (GFREPs = 90.2%, TPs = 93.5%, P = .642).
  • 7 Restorations failed; 4 GFREPs (3 root fractures, 1 core fracture) and 3 TPs  (endodontic failure).
  • The probability of no failure was comparable for both post materials (risk ratio; 95% confidence interval, 0.965–0.851/1.095)

The authors concluded

When using self-adhesive luted prefabricated posts in severely destroyed abutment teeth with 2 or less remaining cavity walls and a 2-mm ferrule, post-endodontic restorations achieve a high long-term survival rate irrespective of the post material and its rigidity.


Sterzenbach G, Franke A, Naumann M. Rigid versus flexible dentine-like endodontic posts–clinical testing of a biomechanical concept: seven-year results of a randomized controlled clinical pilot trial on endodontically treated abutment teeth with severe hard tissue loss. J Endod. 2012 Dec;38(12):1557-63. doi: 10.1016/j.joen.2012.08.015. PubMed PMID: 23146637.

Dental Elf 14th Jan 2012 – Review of in-vitro studies shows greater fracture resistance for cast posts

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Derek Richards is a specialist in dental public health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Development Team. A former editor of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal and chief blogger for the Dental Elf website until December 2023. Derek has been involved with a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994. Derek retired from the NHS in 2019 remaining as a part-time senior lecturer at Dundee Dental School until the end of 2023.

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