The philosophies of dowel diameter preparation: a literature review.

@article{Lloyd1993ThePO,
  title={The philosophies of dowel diameter preparation: a literature review.},
  author={Patrick M. Lloyd and Joyce F Palik},
  journal={The Journal of prosthetic dentistry},
  year={1993},
  volume={69 1},
  pages={32-6}
}
This article reviewed the literature regarding the diameter of dowels and identified three distinct philosophies of dowel space preparation. One group advocated the narrowest diameter for fabrication of a dowel to a desired length. Another recommended a dowel space with an apical diameter equal to one third of the narrowest dimension of the root at the terminus of the dowel. A third group advised that at least 1 mm of sound dentin should surround the entire surface of the dowel. A combination… CONTINUE READING

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