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October 3, 2016

A Review of Light-Curing Considerations for Resin-Based Composite Materials: Part 1

By Neeraj Malhotra, MDS; and Kundabala Mala, MDS

There has been a continual advent of improved technologies in dentistry. Among these are the material sciences of resin-based composites (RBCs). Since the introduction of light-cured RBCs, the problem of polymerization shrinkage and the methods used to overcome this have concerned clinicians and researchers. Types of curing light and modes of curing have been shown to affect the degree of polymerization and related shrinkage of RBCs. This review, which is divided into two parts, discusses the contemporary light-curing units. Part I explores the evolution in light-curing units and different curing modes. Part II highlights the clinical considerations regarding light curing of RBCs that are important for achieving optimal curing and maximum polymerization of RBCs in a clinical setting.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Summarize the evolution of light-curing units for resin-based composites. Explain how CBCT is used for implant treatment planning

  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various lightcuring devices

  • Explain various light-curing modes

About the Authors

Neeraj Malhotra, MDS
Assistant Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, India

Kundabala Mala, MDS
Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, India

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