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Polymerization of dental composite resins using plasma light


In coll. con: L. Fano, W.Y. Ma, P.A. Marcoli, S. Pizzi, V. Fano

Biomaterials 2002; 23: 1011-1015



Five visible light-cured composite resins used as restoration or adhesive materials in dentistry, were irradiated with high energy plasma light (1300 mW/cm2), and contraction, rate of contraction, irradiation-induced temperature were analysed. A comparison was carried out with the same materials irradiated with a conventional halogen light (400 mW/cm2). The exposure to the photoactivating lights was either continuously or sequentially in three or more intervals with 10 min between intervals. Comparing the lengths of exposure of both lights, which induced the same contraction in a given material, it was found that the exposure length to the plasma light was greatly reduced, when compared with the exposure length of the halogen light (1:10). Frequently, the final contraction of plasma-irradiated materials was lower, whereas the rate of contraction, as indicated by the linear dimensional variation curves obtained by laser beam scanning method, did not show significant differences between the two lights. The temperature increase induced by plasma light on the material did not exceed the temperature induced by conventional light.

Polymerization of dental composite resins using plasma light
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