To investigate ex vivo the effects of different post systems and lengths on the strain and fracture resistance of root-filled teeth.Methodology
One hundred and thirty-five bovine incisors were sectioned 15 mm from their apices, root-filled and divided into three groups (n = 45): fibreglass post; prefabricated steel post; cast post and core. Each group was divided into three subgroups (n = 15) according to the post length: 5.0 mm; 7.5 mm; 10.0 mm. All teeth were restored with metal crowns. For strain-gauge measurement, two strain gauges per sample were used. The fracture resistance (N) was measured and the data were analysed with two-way analyses of variance, followed by the Tukey's HSD test (α = 05).Results
For all posts, decreased lengths resulted in increased microstrain values. However, the fibreglass posts were associated with lower increases when compared with cast post and cores and prefabricated steel posts, which showed microstrain values two times higher when the post length was 5.0 mm. The two-way analyses of fracture resistance values revealed that post length was statistically significant for the metal posts and not significant for the fibreglass post. The fracture mode analysis indicated that all groups tended to demonstrate root fractures in groups restored with metal posts and resin core fractures in groups restored with fibreglass posts.Conclusions
The cast post and core when the length was 10.0 mm had the highest fracture resistance; however, the fibreglass post was effective with the three post lengths, with higher fracture resistance than metal posts when the length was 5.0 mm.