How light source and product shade influence cure depth for a contemporary composite.

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Directly placed light activated resin based composite restorations are becoming increasingly popular for restoring cavities in posterior teeth. Marketing and patient as factors well as operator preference are behind this trend. Achieving adequate depth of cure is critical to the success of these restorations. Recently a number of second generation light emitting diode (LED) light activation units have been marketed and the manufacturer of one of these claims that it is capable of curing in half the time of its predecessor. This study tested that claim using a companion composite from the same manufacturer. The relationship between cure depth, shade changes on curing and opacity were also assessed. Under the limitations of the current investigation the results indicated that the second generation LED unit in question met the manufacturer's claim for halving cure time. Depths of cure approached those of a control halogen unit in half the 40 s radiation time of the latter. For the product tested depth of cure is strongly linked to material opacity.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)906-911
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Oral Rehabilitation
Issue number12
Early online date18 Nov 2005
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005