Aim: The study compared pulp temperature rise during polymerization of resin-based composites (RBCs) using halogen and LED light-curing units (LCUs). Methods and Materials: A total of 32 teeth extracted from patients aged 11-18 years were used in the study. Thermocouples placed on the roof of the pulp chamber using a novel 'split-tooth' method. In Group 1 a halogen LCU with a light intensity of 450 mWcm-2 was used and in Group 2, an LED LCU with a light intensity of 1100 mWcm-2 was used. The teeth were placed in a water bath with the temperature regulated until both the pulp temperature and the ambient temperature were stable at 37°C. Continuous temperature records were made via a data logger and computer. The increase in temperature from baseline to maximum was calculated for each specimen during the curing of both the bonding agent and the RBC. Results: The rise in pulp temperature was significantly higher with the LED LCU than with the halogen LCU for bonding and RBC curing (p<0.05). The major rise in temperature occured during the curing of the bonding agent. During the curing of the RBC, rises were smaller. Conclusions: Curing of bonding agents should be done with low intensity light and high intensity used only for curing RBC regardless of whether LED or halogen LCUs are used.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2007|
- Curing units
- Pulp temperature rise