This study evaluated the influence of different light-curing modes on the volumetric polymerization shrinkage and degree of conversion of a composite resin at different locations using micro-computed tomography and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Specimens were divided into 4 groups based on the light-curing mode used (Bluephase 20i): 1 —High (1,200 mW/cm2); 2 —Low (650 mW/cm2); 3 —Soft-start (650–1,200 mW/cm2); and 4 —Turbo (2,000 mW/cm2). Degree of conversion was calculated by the measurement of the peak absorbance height of the uncured and cured materials at the specific wavenumbers, and was performed by FTIR 48 h after curing resin samples. Degree of conversion was analyzed using two-way ANOVA. No significant differences were observed independent of the region of the restoration investigated (p>0.05). Different curing modes did not influence volumetric shrinkage neither degree of conversion of class I composite resin restorations.
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The authors thank Ivoclar Vivadent for supplying materials, and Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes-Grant # 1777-2014)
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