Article: Volume 45 Number 5 Page 400 - May 2018

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  Dent Update 2018; 45: 400-406

Restorative dentistry:  Essentials of Light Curing

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Abstract: This article provides the key points for ensuring safe, effective and efficient light curing protocols in clinical practice. The article covers light curing unit selection, appropriate irradiance ranges, the effect of operator training and the importance of incorporating material requirements and clinical variables when choosing an appropriate light curing time. Practical advice is given about how to measure the light output and how to minimize the risks of thermal damage to the dental pulp and adjacent soft tissues. The need to protect the eyes of the dental team from the blue light hazard is discussed.

Clinical relevance: This article is written because there is a wide range of technical knowledge and safety awareness about light curing procedures among dentists.

Author notes: Richard B Price, BDS, DDS, MS, FRCD(c), FDS RCS(Edin), PhD, Professor, Department of Dental Clinical Sciences, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4R2 and Adrian C Shortall, DDS, BDS, FFD RCSI(Rest Dent) FDS RCPS(Glasg), The University of Birmingham, School of Dentistry, 5 Mill Pool Way, Birmingham, B5 7EG, West Midlands, UK.

Objective: To understand the importance of adequate light curing to deliver resin composite restorations that meet the manufacturers’ claims. Enhanced CPD DO C