Clinical criteria for the successful curing of composite materials
As composites have continued to be optimized, significant differences in physical, mechanical, and clinica performances between the available systems have lessened. Yet, despite all the improvements, one constant remains: direct composites need to be light-polymerized. Clinicians need to understand the principles of light-curing because unbound monomers are cytotoxic and improperly cured composites are less biocompatible. Presently, there are four technologies available to cure composites. Once the light source is chosen, the clinician should consider several factors to ensure that the composite is being cured satisfactorily. This article analyzes the various current technologies, their strengths and weaknesses, and the relevance of following certain protocols to ensure proper polymerization rates.