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|Title:||Effectiveness of composite cure associated with different light-curing regimes|
|Citation:||Neo, B.J., Soh, M.S., Teo, J.W., Yap, A.U.J. (2005). Effectiveness of composite cure associated with different light-curing regimes. Operative Dentistry 30 (6) : 671-675. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.2341/04-132|
|Abstract:||This study investigated the use of various light-curing regimens with standardized light energy density on the effectiveness of cure of a visible light activated resin composite (Z100, 3M-ESPE). A light-cure unit (Variable Intensity Polymerizer (VIP), BISCO Inc) which permitted individual control over time and intensity, was used. The five light-curing modes investigated include Pulse Delay (PD), Pulse Cure (PC), Soft-start (SS), Turbo (T) and Control (C). Effectiveness of cure was established by measuring the top and bottom Knoop hardness of 2-mm thick composite specimens using a digital microhardness tester (n=5, load=500g; dwell time=15 seconds) immediately and at one-day post-polymerization. Data obtained was analyzed using one-way ANOVA/Scheffe's post hoc test and Independent Samples t-tests (p<0.05). Top KHN observed immediately after polymerization with C was significantly lower than PD. At one day post-polymerization, the top KHN obtained with C was significantly lower than PD, SS and T. No significant difference in bottom KHN was observed among the different curing modes immediately after curing. At one day post-polymerization, the bottom KHN obtained with C was significantly lower than SS and T. Regardless of curing regimens, top and bottom values at one day were significantly higher than those observed immediately after light polymerization. No significant difference in mean hardness ratio was observed among the different curing regimens immediately and one day later. Effectiveness of the cure at the bottom surfaces of composites may be increased by soft-start and turbo polymerization regimens. ©Operative Dentistry, 2005.|
|Source Title:||Operative Dentistry|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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