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Enrique Kogan Frenck


Clinical case with the Macro-Lock Post Illusion X-RO

Metallic posts, other than Gold or Titanium, have a distinct tendency to corrode over time if exposed to any moisture.

If the crown or restoration fails, introducing moisture, the corrosion process will destroy the interfaces, and allow mobility. In addition, metal posts are not mechanically harmonious with tooth structure.

This patient presented with a failed threaded post and crown on tooth #8. After removal and cleanup, the post space was basically round, and flared.

The retentive Marco-Lock Post Size #3 was able to accommodate the vacant space, with relatively low cement thickness.

This post system was selected because of the macro-retentions on both the coronal and apical sections, the relatively short post length, and the reported flexural strength of this post.

The right maxillary central required replacement of a metallic post, while replacement of the crown on the left central did not.

This post system has the correct (0.04) taper to approximate the existing root canal, and a good selection of diameters, to adequately fill the space, and provide retention, even with only 5-6mm insertion depth. Most of the retentive section of the coronal part was removed pre-insertion, but the surface on the remaining "neck", the thickest part of the post, is also highly micro-retentive.

Products used in this case

  • RTD Macro-Lock Post, Illusion X-RO Size #3 (of 6)
  • Bisco One-step Adhesive (5th Generation)
  • Dual-cure resin cement
  • Core build-up composite


  • Private practice, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Adjunct Professor; Villa Nova University, Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA