M uch confusion exists in the dental com m unity regarding the restoration o f endodontically treated teeth; few review articles present succinct guidelines fo r the restoration o f these teeth. This article reviews the literature and presents guidelines fo r restoration of endodontically treated teeth.

Guidelines for the restoration of endodontically treated teeth James W. Robbins, DDS, MS

he restoration of an en dodon­ tically treated to o th can be difficult, both diagnostically and technically. Much has been w ritten on the subject in recent years, yet consid­ erable confusion still exists am ong dental practitioners. A lthough the subject has no t been made clear by the p ublished research , the lite ra tu re is h e lp fu l in developing guidelines. T his article makes recom m endations for the restoration of endodontically treated teeth and based on a review of the literature.


Guidelines The endodontic treatment must be successful. A greater num ber of endodontically treated teeth are lost because of fracture caused by im p ro p e r resto ratio n s th an because of p o o r en d o d o n tic r e s u lts .1 However, every effort should be made to en su re en d o d o n tic success before placement of the definitive restoration.

The practitioner should minimize the 558 ■ JADA, Vol. 120, May 1990

loss of tooth structure both in endodontic preparation and post preparation. As the channel diameter increases, the dentin is weakened. Therefore, the dowel diam­ eter should be as small as possible while retaining the necessary rigidity. It is com m only stated that endodon­ tically treated teeth are more susceptible to fra c tu re as the re su lt of increased brittlen ess. A lth o u g h p ro b ab ly valid, there is m inim al support for this assertion in the literature.2 T he fracture resistance of a restored endodontically treated tooth decreases as the am ount of dentin removed increases.84 Similarly, the internal stress increases as the post diameter increases.5-6

Increased post length results in increased retention and resistance to fracture.7' 12

It has been advocated for many years that a m inim um of 4 mm of gutta-percha should be left in the apical portion of the canal space to minimize the risk of ap ical leakage.13 A post sh o u ld be as long as possible w ithout encroaching

on the rem aining gutta-percha or causing perforation in a curved canal. In terms of p o st re te n tio n , the th read ed post (active) has the m ost, followed by the parallel post, and the tapered post has the least retention. One post system is not adequate to meet all restorative needs. A tooth w ith a short canal space may require a threaded post for additional retention, and a tooth with a canal space of greater length m ight only need a more conservative passive post. T h e m ost conservative post should be chosen to give adequate reten tio n w ith o u t com ­ prom ising the fracture resistance of the root.

An intact anterior tooth with conservative endodontic access and intact marginal ridges does not require a post or coronal coverage.3«14-16 It has been shown repeatedly that the fractu re resistance of an in ta c t e n d ­ o d o n tic a lly treated a n te rio r to o th approaches that of an untreated tooth.

An anterior endodontically treated tooth,



which is to receive a crown, commonly requires a post or a post and core.17

The preparation of an anterior tooth for a full coverage esthetic restoration requires significant removal of tooth structure. This, coupled with the tooth structure lost during endodontic access preparation, commonly results in a crown preparation which lacks the strength to resist shear forces. The purpose of the post or post and core is to increase the fracture resistance of the coronal portion of the tooth. Posterior endodontically treated teeth require cuspal coverage, except possibly mandibular first premolars.

In a large retrospective study of endodontically treated teeth, Sorensen and Martinoff18 found that the clinical success of posterior endodontically treated teeth was enhanced when restored with cuspal coverage restorations. This same finding has been reported in a laboratory study.19 Recently, there has been significant .interest in the strengthening capability of bonded restorations, both composite resin and porcelain. Many investigations have suggested that a bonded restoration increases fracture resistance of the restored tooth.20-26 In an in vitro study, Wendt and others27 found that the restoration of mesio-occlusodistal (MOD) prepa­ rations in endodontically treated pre­ molars with composite resin/glass ionomer restorations returned the fracture resistance to that of untreated controls. Kanca28 reported a high clinical success rate in restoring endodontically treated posterior teeth with composite resin restorations. Although bonded restora­ tions show promise, their strengthening ability has not been demonstrated con­ clusively. In several laboratory studies,2932 no strengthening effect of composite resin over amalgam was shown. There is also concern that the rein­ forcing effect may decrease with time. In an in vitro study, Eakle33 reported a significant reduction in fracture resis­ tance of maxillary premolars restored with composite resin after thermocycling. In a retrospective in vivo study, Hansen84 compared the success of endodontically treated premolars restored with composite resin or amalgam. During the first 3 years, the teeth restored with composite resin were significantly more resistant to fracture than the teeth restored with amalgam. However, in subsequent years, 560 ■ JADA, Vol. 120, May 1990

the fractures occurred with approximately the same frequency in both groups. Although the restorations were etched and low viscosity enamel bonding resin was used, the composite resin was bulk placed. On the basis of current research, it appears prudent to restore posterior endodontically treated teeth with cuspal coverage restorations. Posts in molars are required only for retention of the buildup material and are rarely needed as many other retention and resistance features are available.

The significant morbidity associated with the placement of posts in posterior teeth includes perforation and inability to retreat once the post is cemented. Many alternative retention and resistance fea­ tures for crown buildups are currently available.85 In their retrospective study, Sorensen and Martinoff18 reported no significant increase in resistance to fracture or dislodgement gained with the placement of posts in posterior teeth. Plasmans and others86 found no difference between an amalcore, an amalcore with a post, and a buildup with four amalgapins when stressed at 45°. Gordon and Metzger87 found no statistical difference between a four-pin amalgam and a post­ reinforced amalgam restoration when stressed at 90°. In contrast, Kern and others88 (stressed at 60°) and Christian and others39 (stressed at 90°) reported that the post-reinforced amalgam res­ toration was more resistant to fracture than the amalcore. In the latter study, no statistical analysis was performed; therefore, the statistical significance of the difference is not known. Rarely is a posterior tooth stressed by shear forces approaching 90° to its long axis; there­ fore, the clinical significance of these findings is questionable. In the restoration of endodontically treated premolars, judgment is required. Tooth morphologic structure and func­ tion must be considered when determin­ ing the need for a post and core.

If a premolar serves as an abutment,40 receives significant lateral stress, or the height of the crown is tall in relation to the diameter of the root at the alveolar crest, then a post is indicated. The delicate morphologic structure of the maxillary premolar root must be considered during post space preparation.41-42 Posts that necessitate minimal canal enlargement should be chosen for maxillary premolars.

Ideally, after com pletion of the end­ odontic filling, the canal(s) should not be further enlarged. Rather, the post(s) should be modified to fit the canal(s). Surface roughness, such as sandblasting or notching, of the post enhances the retention.4*-47

Surface roughness is usually incor­ porated into prefabricated post systems. However, this feature must be added to the custom cast post and core. An antirotation device is required in all posts, such as keyway(s), or pin(s ).45-48

In a ribbon-shaped or oblong canal, antirotation is easily obtained in the core. However, as the canal becomes more round, the need for accessory antirotation increases. Peripheral distribution of retention and resistance features of the core w ill enhance fracture resistance of the final restoration.

This principle, in part, explains the consistent success of pin-retained cores in relation to custom cast posts and cores in laboratory studies of anterior teeth.16-48-49 In contrast, Brandal and others50 found a parallel post and composite core to have greater fracture resistance than a three-pin amalgam restoration. It should be noted that no amalgam was placed into the canal space. Peripheral distribution of retention and resistance features has been equally successful in posterior teeth.86-37 Pins and amalgapins are much smaller in diameter than custom or prefabricated posts. However, by necessity, the post must be centrally located as it is within the canal. In contrast, the alternative devices, such as pins, can be placed peripherally. The mechanical advantage gained with peripheral placement appears to outweigh the decreased inherent strength of a pin compared with a post. To increase resistance form, irregularities and vertical height should be left in the coronal preparation for the core.51

The clinical crown should not be removed to provide a flat surface for the core. When an endodontically treated tooth is prepared for a crown, a ferrule should be placed on natural tooth structure below the post and core finish line. However, it is not clear whether a ferrule in the core itself is beneficial. In a laboratory



study, Barkhordar and others52 reported increased fracture resistance when a ferrule was incorporated in the core. However, in the control cores that did not have a ferrule, no castings with ferrules were placed over the cores, as is advocated. Therefore, the clinical significance is questionable. In a similar study, Tjan and Whang53 reported no benefit from incorporating a ferrule in the core. T he concentration of stress should be minimized during post insertion.

When a custom cast post is fabricated, the sharp angles should be smooth in the post preparation and in the post.12 Unless the post is designed to actively engage the dentin, it should fit passively in the canal. In addition, there is a significant rise in hydrostatic pressure during cementation.54 Therefore, a vent should be used in parallel, active, and custom cast posts to minimize this stress. A core material that is dim ensionally stable with adequate strength to resist displacement should be used.

Several core materials are available to the clinician. Amalgam has a long history of successful use. After the prefabricated post is cemented, all excess cement should be removed to ensure that amalgam can be condensed into the canal space around the post as it exits the canal.39 Lindhe55 has reported long-term suc­ cessful clinical use of composite resin as a core material. However, Oliva and Lowe56'57 investigated the dimensional stability of composite resin and amalgam as core materials in a wet environment, in vitro. They found amalgam to be stable and composite resin, dimensionally unstable. This instability of composite resin significantly affected the marginal seating of crowns. In a similar study, Vermilyea and others58 found composite resin to be dimensionally stable compared with dentin in a wet environment. It is well established that composite resin absorbs water.59-60 However, the clinical significance of this fact is still unknown. Reinforced glass ionomer has been advocated as a buildup material61-62; the dimensional stability of this material in a wet environment has been demon­ strated.63 Regarding fracture resistance, Taleghani and Leinfelder62 found no difference between a cast gold post and core and a parallel post with a silver562 ■ JADA, Vol. 120, May 1990

reinforced glass ionomer core. In molars, Robbins and others63 found no difference in the fracture resistance of four-pin buildups done with amalgam or silver-reinforced glass ionomer. How­ ever, Lloyd and Adamson64 studied the fracture toughness (K]C) of reinforced glass ionomer (Ketac-Silver, ESPE), composite resin, and amalgam. This parameter helps to predict the function of a material under tensile and flexural stress; the higher the Kic, the more resistant is the material to stress failure. They found the K|c of Ketac-Silver to be no greater than that of conventional glass ionomer and low in comparison to composite and amalgam. Although glass ionomer appears to be a potentially useful material, its success must first be confirmed with controlled clinical studies. Presently, amalgam continues to be the most predictable choice as a buildup material. N either the method of gutta-percha removal nor the time (early versus delayed) appears to significantly influence apical leakage.

The most common methods of gutta­ percha removal include a heated instru­ ment, a rotary instrument, and chlo­ roform. One study65 found a rotary instrument to be superior for early gutta­ percha removal and another study66found the rotary instrument to be superior for delayed removal. However, in other studies67"69 no differences were found when comparing two or all three of the techniques. Although one study found immediate removal of gutta-percha from the post space to be superior,70 and another study69 found delayed removal to be the best method, other studies67-71-72 reported no difference. The type of cement used appears to be of minimal importance when retention and resistance of the post are adequate.

Many studies have investigated the retention of posts cemented with various cements.10-73'89 Each cement, composite, resin glass ionomer, polycarboxylate, and zinc phosphate has its distinct advantages. A cement should be chosen for its advantages in a given situation. However, none of the cements overcomes the inadequacies of a poorly designed post. The canal should be cleaned with a cavity

cleaner before post cementation.

It is imperative that the canal be cleaned after lubricant has been used in the canal to fabricate a direct post and core pattern.90 However, its use, even without lubricant in the canal, has enhanced retention with zinc phosphate cement90 and composite resin.85-91 A lentulo spiral should be used to carry cement to the canal before cementation of the post.

Placement of the cement with a lentulo spiral demonstrated the best cement distribution and post retention when compared with placing the cement with a paper point, an endodontic explorer, or directly onto the post.91-92 Ideally, dissim ilar m etals should not be used in the post, core, and crown.9*-94

Corrosion occurs in the canal space when dissimilar metals are used for the post, core, and crown. It has been postulated that these corrosion products could be a causative factor in the fracture of endodontically treated teeth that have been restored with dissimilar metals. However, it is not clear presently that corrosion is a clinically significant issue. Conclusion

There are many ways to restore end­ odontically treated teeth effectively. It has not been the purpose of this article to develop a consensus on the restoration of these teeth. Rather, a review of the salient literature has been presented from which a group of guidelines has been developed. It is hoped that these guide­ lines will serve as a framework on which practitioners may develop their own treatment philosophy. ---------------------------------------------------------------------Dr. Robbins is assistant professor, department of general practice, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX. Address requests for reprints to Dr. Robbins at the University of Texas Dental School, Department of General Practice, 7703 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio 78284-7914. 1. W eine FS. Endodontic therapy. St. Louis: Mosby; 1989:4. 2. Heifer AR, Melnick S, Schilder H. Determi­ nation o f moisture content of vital and pulpless teeth. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol 1972;34:66170. 3. Trabert KC, Caputo AA, Abou-Rass M. Tooth fracture—a comparison of endodontic and restorative treatments. J Endod 1978;4:341-5.



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Guidelines for the restoration of endodontically treated teeth.

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