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Int J Comput Dent. 2017;20(3):287-301.

Fracture resistance of single-rooted pulpless teeth using hybrid CAD/CAM blocks for post and core restoration.



The purpose of this study was to determine whether there is a significant difference in the fracture strengths of hybrid computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) blocks and fiber posts for post and core restorations in both ferrule and nonferrule pulpless mandibular canines.


Forty extracted human mandibular canines were divided into ferrule and nonferrule groups and restored with hybrid CAD/CAM blocks using either the CAD/CAM system or fiber posts (control). Thus, there were four subgroups of ten specimens each. A 45-degree oblique load was applied with a crosshead of 0.5 mm/min, and the fracture loads were recorded. The mode of fracture was evaluated using an optical microscope at 3× magnification, and the data were tabulated and statistically analyzed using the Mann-Whitney U test and the t test, respectively, for the existence of significant difference at a 0.05 significance level.


No statistically significant difference was found between the fracture strength under oblique loading when using hybrid CAD/CAM blocks and fiber posts in both ferrule and nonferrule groups. The failure mode distribution of the nonferrule group presented no unfavorable failures, whereas failures in the ferrule groups were spread out between the Favorable and Unfavorable groups.


The results show that hybrid CAD/CAM blocks can be considered as an alternative restorative system in post and core restorations. Further basic and clinical research should be conducted to support the improvement of this system.

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