Adhesive reconstruction of dental structure has become the new standard since the 90’s. Many aspects of the treatment were modified in order to make such reconstruction more feasible, predictable and long-lasting.
Advantages of such approach can be summarized as followed:
Good esthetics, thanks to the tooth-like color making such restorations compatible with glass ceramic crowns.
Biological, as adhesion allows for more conservative preparation of the post space to achieve retention.
Mechanical, due to the significant improvement regarding stress distribution along the root instead of being concentrated at the bottom of the metal post. This homogeneity created between the dentin, adhesive system, core build-up and fiber post can create «all-in-one» concept.
The purpose of this article is to present through a clinical case the updated clinical concept for fiber post reconstruction in order to make it accessible in the everyday practice.
This female 35-year-old patient had old crown placed five years earlier on tooth 11. She was looking for a new restoration with «less opacity and grey color in the cervical area».
To achieve a highly aesthetic result, we decided to replace the old crown and the old restoration underneath, and to perform connective tissue grafting to get thicker cervical gum.
After the removal of the crown a short preparation and corroded tooth structure were found.
The old bulid-up was removed and a the tooth structure was cleaned to prepare it for efficient bonding.
A large endodontic access was found. In this case, a finer post restoration will also improve the mechanical behavior of the tooth.
The rubber dam is positioned to perfectly isolate the tooth from the biological fluids (saliva and blood).
When the loss of structure is in the juxta gingival position it is highly recommended to use dental floss to isolate this area by pushing the rubber dam inside the sulcus. Therefore the practitioner should have a clear peripheral occlusal vision in which all margins are visible.
A core shape matrix is used to guide the shape and homogeneity of the core build-up material.
Because of the width of the root canal preparation, a double post (LuxaPost DMG) restoration can be an interesting option to reduce the volume of composite more significantly, and thus the polymerization stress of the core build-up. The more the composite volume, the higher the contraction. This is why two small diameter fiber can be preferrable to one big fiber diameter.
Moreover, bis-GMA resin embedded fibers are our first choice to reinforce the connection with the core build-up.
A larger fiber post was also tried. In both cases the mechanical key point is the freedom of the fiber in the root to avoid adjustments. This is what is called passive post to let the core build-up resin between the dentin wall and the fiber and offer the mechanical advantages described previously.
In order not to damage the fiber when reducing the length of the post, a diamond disk is recommended. Diamond burs destroy the fibers.
After shortening the fiber posts, the core shape is checked again for marginal fit. After the try-in, the posts are placed in alcohol for 15 seconds. As fiber posts are already pre-silanized, the adhesive is placed (LuxaBond Universal, DMG) and then light cured.
Phosphoric acid etching for 45 sec is applied in order to compensate the reduction of tubular dentin in the root, even though the manufacturer recommends 15-20 seconds only.
A dual-cure Adhesive system (LuxaBond Universal DMG) is applied with a dedicated micro-brush for the root access to improve friction in the root. After drying to remove excess bonding, a 30 seconds are left to let the chemical curing process. Then a 45 second light exposure is performed.
A universal mixer tip with bendable metal tip is used (Colibri breakable plus Sulzer Mixpac) to inject the dual cure composite (LuxaCore Z DMG) inside the root and simultaneously in the core form to get the ideal homogeneity between the root and the coronal part.
A 3-second spot cure is applied to remove the cervical excess. Then it is important to wait the setting time of the dual cure core build up for 2 minutes until it reaches a plastic phase. Only after this previous setting time a light curing of 1 minute is recommended. Why? To avoid a massive stress of polymerization due to the important volume of injected resin. This is the reason LuxaCore Z (DMG) is suitable for this core build-up technique.
In order to improve the thickness the keratinized gingiva and to prevent the grayish color from being seen through the marginal gingiva, a connective tissue graft was placed in the cervical area with flapless technique to be minimally invasive.
After one week the healing of the gum is not complete, but we can already see the integration of the graft.
One month later, the final crown is cemented and is well integrated. As you can see, the pink volume is only slightly modified.
Three years later we can note proliferation of the graft which overlapped on the ceramic. This phenomenon is frequent with connective tissue graft and has to be fixed with delicate gingivectomy to lengthen the crown back to the ideal proportion.
Fiber post reconstruction has esthetic, biologic and mechanical advantages. The preservation of the remaining structure is mandatory, therefore the clinical protocol has to be followed strictly as any bonding protocol. The cleaning of the surface, the selection of the fiber post, the choice of adhesive system, the quality of injection , type of core built up resin, residual wall and the clinical protocol are key factors which will make your restoration the best possible one.
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