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Article: Volume 41 Number 7 Page 576 - September 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 576-584

Restorative dentistry:  Post Removal Techniques Part 2

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Abstract: Failed root canal treatment is best addressed primarily with the provision of repeat endodontic treatment with thorough irrigation under isolation. If a post is present in the root of the tooth it needs to be removed first. This paper is the second in a series of two which provide an overview of techniques for post removal. Specifically designed post removal devices and the removal of fibre posts are described. Post removal device techniques are illustrated with a series of clinical case figures.

Clinical relevance: Endodontic re-treatment has a more successful long-term outcome than surgical treatment for failed root canal treatment. This approach may involve the removal of existing post restorations.

Author notes: Jamie Dickie, BDS, MFDS RCPS(Glasg), Lecturer and Honorary Specialty Registrar in Restorative Dentistry and John McCrosson†, BDS, FDS RCPS(Glasg), Former Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, 378 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JZ, UK.

Objective: To describe specifically designed post removal devices and the removal of fibre posts.