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Is the glass half empty or half full? A novel “philosophical” approach to the “mystery” of the so-called ferrule effect

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Brokos, Yiannis
Published in Medical Hypotheses. 2018, vol. 115, p. 35-41
Abstract The prognosis of endodontically treated teeth has traditionally been associated with the presence of the so-called ferrule effect that is generally related with the presence of a minimum of 1-2 mm of sound tooth structure at the cervical area of parallel axial walls that totally encircle the tooth. Even though all of these factors are well desired, one should question if their absence should condemn a tooth and compel extraction as the only logical treatment plan option. For this reason an hypothesis is being formed that associates the aforementioned factors not with the presence of the so-called ferrule effect, but rather with the resistance form of the preparation that is being provided by the sound tooth structure at the cervical area of the tooth. When the desired resistance form is provided by sound tooth structure of endodontically treated teeth, then less lateral forces are being transferred to the post & core and subsequently to the root of the teeth, thus minimizing the chances of decementation of the post & core or worst fracture of the root. Even more important, if this hypothesis may be further entertained, then even when the so-called ferrule effect is not present, the teeth may not be extracted, but alternative strategies for post & core restorations may be investigated, such a more flexible carbon- or glass-fiber posts & core build ups made from flowable resin composite that may accommodate for the increased lateral forced exerted to the post & core complex during function
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PMID: 29685193
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Research group Groupe Krejci Ivo (médecine dentaire) (240)
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STAVRIDAKIS, Minos, BROKOS, Yiannis, KREJCI, Ivo. Is the glass half empty or half full? A novel “philosophical” approach to the “mystery” of the so-called ferrule effect. In: Medical Hypotheses, 2018, vol. 115, p. 35-41. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:105121

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