Scientific article

Progress in dimethacrylate-based dental composite technology and curing efficiency

Published inDental materials, vol. 29, no. 2, p. 139-156
Publication date2013-02
First online date2012-11-27

Objectives: This work aims to review the key factors affecting the polymerization efficiency of light-activated resin-based composites. The different properties and methods used to evaluate polymerization efficiency will also be critically appraised with focus on the developments in dental photopolymer technology and how recent advances have attempted to improve the shortcomings of contemporary resin composites.

Methods: Apart from the classical literature on the subject, the review focused in particular on papers published since 2009. The literature research was performed in Scopus with the terms "dental resin OR dimethacrylate". The list was screened and all papers relevant to the objectives of this work were included.

Results: Though new monomer technologies have been developed and some of them already introduced to the dental market, dimethacrylate-based composites still currently represent the vast majority of commercially available materials for direct restoration. The photopolymerization of resin-based composites has been the subject of numerous publications, which have highlighted the major impact of the setting process on material properties and quality of the final restoration. Many factors affect the polymerization efficiency, be they intrinsic; photoinitiator type and concentration, viscosity (co-monomer composition and ratio, filler content) and optical properties, or extrinsic; light type and spectrum, irradiation parameters (radiant energy, time and irradiance), curing modes, temperature and light guide tip positioning.

Significance: : This review further highlights the apparent need for a more informative approach by manufacturers to relay appropriate information in order for dentists to optimize material properties of resin composites used in daily practice.

  • Composite Resins / chemistry
  • Light-Curing of Dental Adhesives
  • Materials Testing
  • Methacrylates / chemistry
  • Photoinitiators, Dental / chemistry
  • Polymerization
  • Vitrification / radiation effects
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
Citation (ISO format)
LEPRINCE, Julian Grégoire et al. Progress in dimethacrylate-based dental composite technology and curing efficiency. In: Dental materials, 2013, vol. 29, n° 2, p. 139–156. doi: 10.1016/j.dental.2012.11.005
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