What to Consider When Selecting a Curing Light

Relevant properties and research of dental curing lights
  • General Dentist

  • Free

  • 1 CE Credit

  • Self-Instructional

  • November 5, 2021

  • November 5, 2024

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Course Description

Dental light curing units help polymerize the resin-based materials used in modern adhesive dentistry. Insufficient curing of a resin composite will not only affect the mechanical properties of the material, but may also affect its bond to the tooth surface. This 1-hour video will review the relevant properties of dental curing lights and will combine research data and practical information for the practicing clinician. 

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how light curing works
  • Describe how quickly it works
  • Review the important properties of a curing light
  • Discuss light curing safety and technique

Course Details

  • Course Fee: Free
  • Credits: Catapult Education designates this continuing education activity for 1 credit
  • Method: Self-Instructional
  • Audience: General Dentist
  • AGD Subject Code: 250

Course contents

Meet the instructor

Nathaniel Lawson, DMD, PhD

Nathaniel Lawson, DMD, PhD, is the director of the Division of Biomaterials at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry and the program director of the biomaterials residency program. He also works as a general dentist in the UAB Faculty Practice. After obtaining a DMD from the UAB School of Dentistry, he received a PhD in biomedical engineering from the UAB School of Engineering. He has served as an investigator on over 50 clinical and laboratory research grants and published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts. His research interests are the mechanical, optical, and biologic properties of dental materials and the clinical evaluation of new dental
materials. He received the Stanford New Investigator Award in 2016 and the 3M Innovative Research Fellowship in 2017, both from the American Dental Association. He serves on the American Dental Association Council of Scientific Affairs and on the editorial board of The Journal of Adhesive Dentistry and Compendium. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the subject of dental materials.
Patrick Jones - Course author

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This CE activity is sponsored by Dental Products Report. Catapult Education did not receive any funding for this event. Dr. Richard Young received an honorarium from Dental Products Report for the time involved in preparing and delivering this presentation. Catapult Education delivers clinically relevant continuing dental education programs which address the needs and preferences of our audience and provides them with the knowledge and confidence to integrate new techniques, practice management and treatment options into their respective practices. Catapult Education is committed to ensuring the content quality, objectivity and scientific integrity of all continuing education courses. Instructors are advised to support clinical recommendations with scientific research-supported data whenever possible and to disclose any conflict of interest between them and any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this CE activity. Instructors are advised, where appropriate and if relevant to the subject matter of the presentation, to mention a variety of different product choices so as to present a balanced view of all therapeutic options available and promote improvements in oral healthcare free from commercial bias.