Restoration of endodontically treated teeth 

This course will review engineering principles to allow the restorative dentist to: predictably restore endodontically treated teeth; design an endodontic access that preserves as much sound tooth structure as possible; assess the restorability of a tooth before endodontic treatment; and improve treatment success.

Teeth requiring endodontic treatment need to be assessed restoratively prior to initiating endodontic care. Endodontic treatment requires initial access to the pulp chamber and canals to be carried out appropriately. Canals can be identified, instrumented, and obturated, but if the tooth cannot be predictably restored, clinical success is guarded. Although adhesive restorations have improved compared to what has been historically available, adequate ferrule and posts may still be required from an engineering standpoint depending on what remains of the native tooth structure to prevent dislodgement of the restoration from the native tooth structure.

This course will review engineering principles to allow the restorative dentist to:

  • predictably restore endodontically treated teeth,
  • design an endodontic access that preserves as much sound tooth structure as possible,
  • assess the restorability of a tooth before endodontic treatment, and
  • improve treatment success.

Educational objectives

  • Understand that conservative treatment starts with endodontic access.
  • Learn how teeth are restored based on how much native tooth structure remains.
  • Know when, why, and how to use posts to restore endodontically treated teeth.
  • Understand restorative ferrule, and when and how much is necessary.

About the Author

Gregori M. Kurtzman,DDS, MAGD, FACD, FPFA, DICOI, DADIA, DIDIA, is in private general dental practice in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is a prolific author and has lectured internationally on the topics of restorative dentistry; endodontics, implant surgery, and prosthetics; removable and fixed prosthetics; and periodontics. Dr. Kurtzman is a consultant and evaluator for multiple dental companies. 

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • 1 Test
  • Course Certificate
  • CE credit(s): 3

    Course Type: Written

    Published Date: October 2023

    This continuing education (CE) activity was developed by Endeavor Business Media with no commercial support.

    This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, from novice to skilled.

    Educational methods: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity.

    Provider disclosure: Endeavor Business Media neither has a leadership position nor a commercial interest in any products or services discussed or shared in this educational activity. No manufacturer or third party had any input in the development of the course content.

    Requirements for successful completion: To obtain 3 CE credits for this educational activity, you must pay the required fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation, and obtain an exam score of 70% or higher.

    CE planner disclosure: Laura Winfield, Endeavor Business Media dental group CE coordinator, neither has a leadership nor commercial interest with the products or services discussed in this educational activity. Ms. Winfield can be reached at

    Educational disclaimer: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information to result in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many educational courses and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.

    Image authenticity statement: The images in this educational activity have not been altered.

    Scientific integrity statement: Information shared in this CE course is developed from clinical research and represents the most current information available from evidence-based dentistry.

    Known benefits and limitations of the data: The information presented in this educational activity is derived from the data and information contained in the reference section.

    Registration: The cost of this CE course is $39.00 for 3 CE credits.

    Cancellation and refund policy: Any participant who is not 100% satisfied with this course can request a full refund by contacting Endeavor Business Media in writing.

    Provider information:

    Dental Board of California: Provider RP5933. Course registration number CA code: 03-5933-22135. Expires September 2026. “This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 3 units of continuing education.”


    Endeavor Business Media is a nationally approved PACE program provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
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    11/1/2022 to 10/31/2024.
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    AGD code: 70


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