Transmission of radiant light energy through the sides of fiber posts

J Esthet Restor Dent. 2023 Jun;35(4):687-697. doi: 10.1111/jerd.13018. Epub 2023 Jan 27.


Objectives: Resin cements are light polymerized, but the light may not reach all areas of root canals. The purpose of this study was to determine the best predictor of transmitted light radiant exposure (TLRE) from posts' sides.

Materials and methods: Fiber posts were placed in a custom-made apparatus and advanced by 1-mm increments. The LED curing probe tip was activated for 40 s on the coronal end of the post. The TLRE was measured with an LED radiometer detector positioned on the side of the post exposed by an opening in the apparatus. Hierarchical multiple linear regression analysis was performed.

Results: Post system explained an additional 23.62% of the variation in TRLE. Adding actual post diameter explained an additional 62.64% of the variation in TRLE. While adding post length explained an additional 0.67%. Changing post system from FiberKleer to Postec Plus will decrease the mean value of TRLE by 4.90 units on average. Also, a one-unit increase of actual post diameter and length will decrease the value of TRLE by 44.96 and 0.44 units respectively. The TLRE ranged from 46 to 290 mJ/cm2 , which was between 0.73% and 6.63% of the original emanating light.

Conclusions: The changes in post system, posts' diameter and length can be used to predict the unit changes in TLRE on the side of a translucent fiber post. Emanating radiant exposure from the side of the post was lower than 6.63% of the exposure entering the post.

Clinical relevance: Fiber post diameter and length and post system can influence light radiant exposure transmitted from posts' sides, transmitting minimal radiant exposure, which can be increased by increasing curing duration.

Keywords: dental materials; endodontics; light curing; prosthodontics.

MeSH terms

  • Materials Testing
  • Post and Core Technique*
  • Resin Cements*


  • Resin Cements