Author(s): Teshima W, Nomura Y, Tanaka N, Urabe H, Okazaki M,
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Abstract New light-activation units equipped with high-illuminant blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have recently been proposed as a replacement for the halogen units that are widely used in dentistry to polymerize light-cured resins. The photoinitiators in light-cured dental resins, typified by the camphorquinone (CQ)/amine photoinitiator system, generate primary radicals with light irradiation that attack the double bonds of resin monomers. The physical properties of the cured resins are affected by the generation of primary radicals during the initial stage of polymerization. This study examined two types of photoinitiator systems, CQ/DMPT and CQ/DMAEMA, and three types of curing units, a new LED unit and two conventional halogen units. The primary radicals generated by irradiation were quantified using electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy with a trapping method, using phenyl-tert-butyl nitrone as the trapping agent. The energy efficiencies of the LED and halogen units were compared by quantifying the generated radicals and emitted light energy (J/cm(2)). The energy required to generate a given amount of radicals using the LED unit was smaller than that using the halogen units (p<0.05). These results suggest that the new LED unit performs better than conventional halogen units with respect to light energy.
This article was published in Biomaterials
and referenced in Dentistry