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Article: Volume 48 Number 1 Page 62 - January 2021

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Restorative dentistry:  Individually formed glass fibre reinforced composite posts for compromised teeth with oval and flared endodontic canals

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Abstract: Potential excessive removal of tooth structure during retreatment, and canal preparation for a post will weaken the tooth substantially. An alternative to prefabricated or cast metal and fibre posts, is a soft and flexible fibre-reinforced composite post that can be used to aid a good adaptation and preserve the tooth structure. These two case reports highlight the use of fibre-reinforced composite posts in teeth with severe loss of tooth structure with wide flared and oval canals.

Clinical relevance: Case selection and proper treatment planning are important before considering and selecting any type of post placement.

Author notes: Ayman AL-Oulabi, BDS, MFDS RCSEd, FRACDS, Postgraduate Trainee, Beh Yew Hin, DDS, MFDS RCSEd, Postgraduate Trainee, Zaihan Ariffin, BDS, Grad DipClinDent, DClinDent, FRACDS, Associate Professor, Yanti Johari, BDSc, Grad DipClinDent, DClinDent, FRACDS, Senior Lecturer, Prosthodontics Unit, School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia. email:;

Objective: The reader should understand the importance of case selection and proper treatment planning before considering and selecting any type of post placement.