POLYMERS

Dental Composites — Mechanical Stability

In dental applications, light-Curing (Crosslinking Reactions)Literally translated, the term “crosslinking“ means “cross networking”. In the chemical context, it is used for reactions in which molecules are linked together by introducing covalent bonds and forming three-dimensional networks.curing dental composites are used as restoratives (fillings) or veneering materials.

The materials are generally composed of methacrylate systems such as bis-glycol-dimethacrylate (bis-GMA) or urethane dimethacrylate (UDMA). Additional monomers are used as diluent or to guarantee the cross-linking abilities of the resin. Inorganic fillers up to 80 weight percent improve the mechanical properties and reduce shrinkage during cross-linking. (measurement with Photo-DSC 204 F1 Phoenix®®®).