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Light Curing - What To Look For

Author : Jimmy Cooper

Submitted : 2012-02-13 11:48:03    Word Count : 619    Popularity:   9

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When we visit the dentist, we generally expect to be treated and discharged without our appointment causing too much lost time or discomfort. Even if we're having fillings and composites, we're used to techniques such as light curing being used to make our time as brief and comfortable as possible.





It's easy to take such dental treatments for granted and assume they've been around forever, but light curing wasn't actually introduced until the early 1960s. Yes, although we now expect our composites to be fitted and set in minutes, some readers will remember the times before the invention of light curing resin composites - different story back then, wasn't it?





So what, exactly, is light curing? Concentrate, dear readers - here comes the science part! A dental curing light is a piece of dental equipment that is used for polymerization of light cure resin based composites. Put simply, it's an instrument that allows dentists greater control over the curing (that's setting to you and I) of special dental restorative materials. There's lots more to it, and we could blind you with all kinds of detailed dental science but, suffice to say light curing has changed the dental experience - both for patients and dentists!





There are four basic types of dental curing lights; the Tungsten halogen and light-emitting diode (LED), plasma arc curing (PAC), and laser. The two main dental curing lights used today are the halogen and LED, with modern equipment offering dentists more options than ever before.





Optident's Valo LED curing light, for instance, claims to offer unsurpassed accessibility without compromising patient discomfort or curing efficiency. The Valo offers three different curing options - standard power, high power and new plasma emulation mode with all unique timing intervals to enable the dentist to choose the right power for any given procedure.





Dr John Kanca is one cosmetic dentist who enthuses about today's light curing instruments. On Optident's website, he says: "Valo is a fantastic piece of equipment. Clinicians no longer have to choose between normal output, high intensity output or the power of a PAC light because Valo offers all three in one lightweight, compact, durable unit. Valo's ability to produce the greatest amount of energy at distances up to 10mm from the tooth is just amazing. I have been using the light for some time and would not want to be without it."





Prior to the development of light-curing, self-curing resin was used; it hardened 30-60 seconds after mixing. In those days of course, our dentists had no control over how quickly the material would set - if it was not perfectly placed the first time, it would have to be removed and the procedure started from scratch. Thanks to light curing, today's light activated resins do not need to be mixed and can only be fully cured/harden with a dental curing light. This presents new advantages for dentists AND patients - there are no time constraints and there's plenty of time to make sure the material is perfectly placed.






This presents new advantages for dentists AND patients. No time constraints and plenty of time to ensure the material is perfectly placed. It seems fair to say that light curing is one of the greatest advances in modern dentistry.

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