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Bernard Duret

1996

Long-life physical property preservation and postendodontic rehabilitation with the Composipost

Most coronal radicular reconstructions are made of cast inlay core metals or prefabricated metal posts covered in composite. The differences in the mechanical properties of these elements create a heterogeneous mass with inconsistent mechanical behavior. Studies using the Finite Element Method have shown the biomechanical disturbances casued by the inclusion of materials with a modulus of elasticity that is superior to that of dentine (ie, nickel, chrome, zircon, etc). The use of materials with a modulus of elasticity close to that of dentine does not disturb the flow of stress inside the root. To our knowledge, only a composite material structured with programmable mechanical properties would be capable of producing both high mechanical performance and a modulus of elasticity adapted to dentine values. The Composi-POST, made of carbon epoxy, accommodates the demands of the dentine, as well as the in vitro stress linked to the prosthesis.

The internal structure, consisting of long high-performance carbon fibers, unidirectionally and equally stretched, confers a totally original behavior that is adapted to clinical objectives. In addition, the C-POST/Composipost (RTD, St Egreve, France) has a fracture resistance superior to most metals.