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Title: Curing efficacy of a new generation high-power LED lamp
Authors: Yap, A.U.J. 
Soh, M.S.
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Yap, A.U.J., Soh, M.S. (2005). Curing efficacy of a new generation high-power LED lamp. Operative Dentistry 30 (6) : 758-763. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study investigated the curing efficacy of a new generation high-power LED lamp (Elipar Freelight 2 [N] 3M-ESPE). The effectiveness of composite cure with this new lamp was compared to conventional LED/halogen (Elipar Freelight [F], 3M-ESPE; Max [M], Dentsply-Caulk) and high-power halogen (Elipar Trilight [T], 3M-ESPE; Astralis 10 [A], Ivoclar Vivadent) lamps. Standard continuous (NS, FS, TS; MS), turbo (AT) and exponential (NE, FE, TE) curing modes of the various lights were examined. Curing efficacy of the various lights and modes were determined by measuring the top and bottom surface hardness of 2-mm thick composite specimens (Z100, 3M-ESPE) using a digital microhardness tester (n=5; load=500 g; dwell time=15 seconds) one hour after light polymerization. The hardness ratio was computed by dividing HK (Knoops Hardness) of the bottom surface by HK of the top surface. The data was analyzed using one-way ANOVA/Scheffe's test and Independent Samples t-test at significance level 0.05. Results of the statistical analysis were as follows: HK top - E, FE, NE > NS and NE > AT, TS, FS; HK bottom - TE, NE > NS; Hardness ratio - NS > FE and FS, TS > NE. No significant difference in HK bottom and hardness ratio was observed between the two modes of Freelight 2 and Max. Freelight 2 cured composites as effectively as conventional LED/halogen and high-power halogen lamps, even with a 50% reduction in cure time. The exponential modes of Freelight 2, Freelight and Trilight appear to be more effective than their respective standard modes. ©Operative Dentistry, 2005.
Source Title: Operative Dentistry
ISSN: 03617734
DOI: 10.2341/04-00
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