Properties of polymerization devices used in conservative dentistry based on a review of the literature

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Szymon Kubanek, Marta Strykowska, Beata Czarnecka



2/2017/XLV s. 97–100
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.20883/df.2016.28

Fraza do cytowania: Kubanek S., Strykowska M., Czarnecka B. Properties of polymerization devices used in conservative dentistry based on a review of the literature. Dental Forum. 2017;XLV(2):97–100. DOI: https://doi.org/10.20883/df.2016.28.

Composite resins are one of the most often used dental materials in direct teeth restorations. Since their first appearance on the market they have evolved along with their chemical composition, physical properties and polymerization. Currently, most dental composites set using blue light polymerization via dental curing units. There are various devices producing the light necessary for polymerization to occur. These are quartz tungsten halogen lamps, light emitting diodes, plasma arches and argon lasers. Having been on the market for many years the most popular and well known are quartz tungsten lamps and modern light emitting diodes; less popular are both argon lasers and plasma arches. Different light sources mean not only different technology, but also different output power, spectral range and available pre‑set times. Knowledge of these variations allows dentists to choose and successfully use dental curing lights in their everyday practice.

Key words: composite resins, curing lights, polymerization.





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