Purposes: To evaluate (1) the efficacy of the color changing technology featured by DT Light Illusion Post aimed at safely identifying the post in case of re-treatment, and (2) the efficacy of a resin composite layer to mask the post if color shift occurs due to cold food and beverages.
Methods: Five "master disks" of 3 mm of thickness were prepared by embedding in a resin composite four thermo-sensitive posts and one translucent post (control) cut in bars. Disks of resin composite in 0.5/1.0/1.5 mm thickness were prepared as well. Digital images were taken of the master disks with and without the overlying of the resin composite disks, at 5°C and at 35°C temperature. By the use of Adobe Photoshop "layering function" and "multi-layer option", differences in color were calculated between the post-free and the post-containing areas.
Results: The differences between the resin color and post color were remarkably higher when the temperature was 5°C, showing that the technology of color change of the post was effective. With resin disk overlaid, at 35°C none of the differences in color were above the threshold for clinical acceptability. At 5°C blue and black colored posts were visible when the overlaid resin thickness was 0.5 mm, while at 1.0 mm and 1.5 mm none of the posts were visible.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||American Journal of Dentistry|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2012|