Primary teeth undergo physiological root resorption during the transition to permanent dentition. The aim of
this study was to assess the potential use of screw posts in core build-up for primary teeth while adequately retaining the
crown restoration and allowing smooth physiological root resorption.
To determine whether biodegradable
polymers such as polyglycolic acid (PGA) and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) were appropriate as post materials, bending
strength test and bending elastic modulus test were performed according to ISO standards. The prepared screw posts were
immersed in 0.01 mol/L phosphate-buffered saline at 37 degrees Celsius, and changes due to hydrolysis were observed.
Results In the bending strength test and bending elastic modulus test, PGA and PLLA showed similar values to composite
resins used for core build-up. Although both showed adequate hydrolysis, the hydrolysis rate of PGA was higher than that of
PGA and PLLA may be suitable as biodegradable screw posts for primary teeth because they have
appropriate strength and hydrolysis ability.
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