Fatigue resistance and structural characteristics of fiber posts: Three-point bending test and SEM evaluation

Simone Grandini, Cecilia Goracci, Francesca Monticelli, Franklin R. Tay, Marco Ferrari

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Objectives. The aim of the present study was to assess the fatigue resistance of different types of fiber posts, and to observe their ultrastructure through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) before and after undergoing the fatigue test. Methods. Eight types of fiber posts were selected for this study. Easypost (Group 1), Para Post Fiber White (Group 2), FibreKor (Group 3), Ghimas White (Group 4), DT Light-Post radiopaque (Group 5), FRC Postec (Group 6), Luscent Anchors (Group 7), Snowpost (Group 8). Ten out of fifteen posts in each group were used for the fatigue test, and the other five were processed for SEM. A three-point bending machine, loading at an angle of 90° and a frequency of 3 Hz was employed for fatigue testing. The test was carried out until two million cycles were completed or until fracturing of the post. SEM evaluation was performed using a three-step scale method to assess the fiber/resin ratio and fiber dimension. Results. The fatigue test showed statistically significant differences among the different posts. Groups 5 and 6 performed better than all the other groups, withstanding practically all the stipulated number of load cycles. All the other posts fractured before the end of the test. SEM observations of the surface integrity of the fiber posts showed that Groups 4-6 obtained better scores for both longitudinal sections and cross-sections. Significance. There was a large variation in the response of different kinds of fiber posts a fatigue resistance test. The absence of correlation between results of fatigue testing and parameters of structural integrity suggests that the latter mostly reflect random variations in the fiber post manufacturing process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-82
Number of pages8
JournalDental Materials
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Fatigue test
  • Fiber post
  • Scanning electron microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Dentistry(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials


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