Dr. Terry Donovan, Hillsborough, NC


Currently many types of dowels are available for restoring endodontically treated teeth.

These include custom cast dowel and cores and prefabricated dowels. Prefabricated dowels are either flexible or stiff (metal). This presentation will review the indications for placement of a dowel and review available clinical evidence supporting which type of dowel to use.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the indications for prefabricated endodontic posts
  2. Participants will understand the different type of posts available
  3. Participants will know the relative clinical performance of flexible vs. stiff endodontic posts

Bio: Dr. Terry Donovan received his D.D.S. from the University of Alberta in 1967, and practiced full time in Regina, Saskatchewan for 13 years. He received his Certificate in Advanced Prosthodontics from the University of Southern California in 1981. He was Professor and Director of the Advanced Education in Prosthodontics Program at USC from 1988 – 2006. He has been Associate Dean for General Practice and Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Southern California, as well as the Chairman of the Department of Restorative Dentistry from 1984 – 1991, and 1994-2001. He is currently Professor and Section Head of Biomaterials in the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill. He has published extensively and has lectured world wide on the topics of restorative dentistry and materials science. He is a member of the ADA, CDA, North Carolina Dental Society, CAlC, American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the American College of Prosthodontists, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and an Honorary Life Member of the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan, The Association of Prosthodontists of Canada, The Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, The American Dental Society of Europe, and the Western Canada Dental Society. He is past Chairman of the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Materials, Instruments, and Equipment.