Alternate First Step: You may have an exactrecorded measurement of canal length relative toa known landmark (e.g. incisal edge). If you aretotally confident of the measurement (e.g. you
did the endodontic treatment on thistooth) you may remove the gutta percha prior toaxial and incisal reduction (refer to techniquebelow).Be careful not to rely solely on measurement of radiographs (since there is usually amagnification error) or someone else'smeasurements (which may be recorded in error ormay have been made relative to a differentlandmark).Remove
old permanent and/or temporaryrestorative material (including material in theaccess opening and pulp chamber). Remove allcaries.Remove any undercuts created by removal of therestorative material and/or caries. Remove anyundercuts from the pulp chamber. All undercutsmust be either removed with a diamond orblocked out with a base (do not use eugenolcontaining material that will inhibit set of acrylic).If undercuts cannot be successfully eliminated, atechnique other than the one described belowmust be employed to fabricate the post/corepattern.