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Elipar™ S10 LED Curing Light

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Which dental materials can be cured with the Elipar™ S10 LED Curing Light?

The Elipar S10 LED Curing Light cures the vast majority of dental materials. The usable wavelength range of the Elipar S10 LED Curing Light is 430 - 480 nm with a center wavelength of 455 ± 10 nm. The Spectrum of the Elipar S10 LED Curing Light matches the absorption spectrum of the most commonly used initiator camphorquinone. Check the material manufacturer's Instructions For Use for compatibility.

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What is the tack-cure function?

Many dental procedures require a very short initial cure (or 'tack cure') at some point of the processing before the final curing. Examples are the removal of light-curing cement excesses (e. g. RelyX™ Unicem Self-Adhesive Universal Resin Cement) or the pre-cure step of Protemp™ Crown Temporization Material.

Currently this tack curing is done by switching on the curing light and then switching it off again after a short period of time (1 - 5 seconds). This procedure is not very convenient in handling and does not deliver reproducible tack cure times. With the unique tack-cure function the Elipar S10 LED Curing Light produces a reproducible short light pulse by simply keeping the start button pressed. The tack-cure function makes removal of light-curing cement excesses easier and more predictable.

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What is the recommended cure time?

The Elipar™ S10 LED Curing Light cures compatible materials in half of the manufacturer's recommended cure time. Recommended cure times are given by the dental material manufacturer. Due to its high intensity light output, the exposure times given by dental material manufacturers can be cut in half when using the Elipar S10 LED Curing Light - without compromising polymerization performance. Whereas the exposure times given for use with lower-performance, conventional curing devices (between approximately 600 and 800 mW/cm2 for halogen technology or between 300 and 400 mW/cm2) with LED should not be reduced.

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Is a ramp/soft start/exponential curing mode included?

No. The Elipar S10 LED Curing Light has one cure mode suitable for all indications. The fact that many customers do not use these additional curing modes, and even say the various modes are confusing - combined with the unclear evidence of the clinical benefits of soft-start polymerization - led to the decision to not offer this feature in the Elipar S10 LED Curing Light. This decreases the number of buttons to two and simplifies the operation and handling.

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Can I cure everything in 5 seconds now? Is 5 seconds enough for a complete cure?

The Elipar S10 LED Curing Light now offers a 5-second cure to meet the demand for speeding up intra-oral procedures. Shortening cure times should only be done thoughtfully and backed up with data to prove effective curing. Therefore the 5-second cure is NOT generally released by 3M™ ESPE™. The 5-second cure is restricted to certain tested filling composites in shades A3 or lighter (A0, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, Bleach) of the same product, with the same or lower opacity. A list of tested materials is included in the Elipar S10 LED Curing Light package. Further restrictions are: Only apply 5-second cures when the light delivers full intensity (check the built-in light meter for verification), AND only if it is possible to place the light guide at a minimum distance from the material to be cured.

As of December 2008 the following composites are released for 5-second cure (for shades A3 and lighter):

3M ESPE
Filtek™ Supreme XT/Plus Universal Restorative - Filtek™ Supreme XT/Plus Flowable Restorative - Filtek™ Z250 Universal Restorative - Filtek™ P60 Posterior Restorative

Dentsply
CeramX™ Duo - QuiXfil™ - TPH® 3 - EsthetX®

Ivoclar Vivadent
Tetric EvoCeram®

Voco
Grandio®

Heraeus Kulzer
Venus™ - Charisma®

Tokuyama
Estelite®

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Why is the light guide clear?

The clear light guide is a design feature that was favored by many dentists. In addition it prolongs runtime in continuous mode.

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Is the stray light coming out of the side of the light guide harmful to my eyes?

No. Measurements have proven that only very little light is emitted thru the light guide coating. Most of the stray light you experience when using the light is coming from the tooth or restoration. The little amount of light coming off the sides can be experienced if you shade the light coming out of the tip, e. g. by shining the light into your closed hand.

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Are there other light-guide sizes available?

No. Currently the Elipar™ S10 LED Curing Light is marketed with the wide 10 mm light guide only.

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How can I clean and disinfect the device?

The fiber-optic glass light guide is autoclavable - see Instructions For Use for details. The Elipar S10 LED Curing Light was designed with a smooth, seamless, vent-free, stainless steel surface that is easy to clean. To clean and disinfect the light and charger base, a wipe disinfection method has to be used. To disinfect all components, spray the disinfectant on a towel and use it to disinfect the unit. Do NOT spray the disinfectant directly on the device.

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Can I sterilize the orange glare shield?

No. Wipe disinfection is the only method allowed for disinfecting the glare shield.

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May I put the light guide in a combined washer/disinfector machine?

Yes. Details on automized cleaning and disinfection are available from the 3M ESPE Service Center.

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Can I use a barrier sleeve with the Elipar S10 LED Curing Light?

The Elipar S10 LED Curing Light has no vents that might be blocked by a barrier sleeve. Therefore the Elipar S10 LED Curing Light can be used with a barrier sleeve (not offered by 3M ESPE). Make sure the sleeve is not covering the tip of the light guide, as this would diminish the intensity. Furthermore, the sleeve should be removed before placing the light guide in the charger to make sure the pins in the charger are contacting the battery properly.

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What is the intensity output and how can I verify it?

The Elipar S10 LED Curing Light offers 1200 mW/cm² intensity out of a wide 10 mm tip. The latest high-powered LED technology provides up to double the optical power compared to market-leading devices tested. The top-of-the-line optical power of the Elipar S10 LED Curing Light allows it to deliver a high intensity output of 1200 mW/cm2 AND a large illumination surface at the same time. The light intensity of the Elipar S10 LED Curing Light can only be reliably determined using the Elipar S10 LED Curing Light charger base. There is a circular testing area located below the scale for verifying the light intensity on the charger. Without applying pressure, place the light guide on the testing area in a way so the tip is level with the testing area. Activate the lamp. The number of illuminated LEDs indicates the measured light intensity (5 LEDs = 100 %, 4 LEDs = 90 %, etc.). If the readout is 90 % or below, check the Instructions For Use and follow the steps for inspection and cleaning.

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I like the fan-free silence. Can the beeps also be switched off?

Yes. The Elipar S10 LED Curing Light offers a new switch-off option for the beeps. This is how it works: Put the light in sleep mode by setting it in the charger. Then, take the device from the charger and FIRST press the TIME button, then press the START button. The beeps are now switched OFF. The audible signals can be reactivated by following the same procedure.

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What battery is included?

The Elipar S10 LED Curing Light features a long-life, high performance Li-ion Battery. This advanced battery technology provides 60 minutes of cure time (360 10-second cures) from a full charge (new battery). A completely drained battery can be fully recharged in approximately 90 minutes. The battery can be exchanged easily without using a tool.

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Troubleshooting

Problem Possible Cause Solution
The charge level display on the handpiece glows red steadily. The remaining battery charge is adequate only for typical 5 10-second exposure cycles. Place the handpiece in the charger and recharge the battery.
The power level display of the handpiece flashes red.
The ongoing exposure is interrupted (light off signal is emitted) followed by a 2-second error signal; the and piece switches to 'sleep' mode and resists further activation.
The battery lacks sufficient charge. Place the handpiece in the charger and recharge the battery.
The power level display of the handpiece flashes red while the handpiece is in the charger. Charging problem. The battery is defective or at the end of its useful life. Replace the battery.
The handpiece has not been used for a long time and now it cannot be turned on. There is not enough charge in the battery to turn on the handpiece. Place the handpiece in the charger and recharge the battery.
The light emission does not start when the START button is pressed; an error signal sounds for 2 seconds. The information in the Instructions For Use about intermittent operation has not been observed. (See under the header 'Technical Data - Handpiece.')
The handpiece has become overheated in the course of use. The handpiece can be used again once it has cooled down.
Allow the handpiece to cool for 3 minutes, then start the next exposure by pressing the START button.
During light emission in continuous mode, an error signal sounds for 2 seconds, the emission is stopped, and the handpiece switches to sleep mode. The information in the Instructions For Use about intermittent operation has not been observed. (See under the header 'Technical Data - Handpiece.')
The handpiece has become overheated in the course of use. The handpiece can be used again once it has cooled down.
Allow the handpiece to cool for 3 minutes, then start the next exposure by pressing the START button.
The LED showing the operating status in the charger glows red steadily. The charge contact pins in the handpiece or the charger base are wet. Dry the charge contact pins. Be careful not to bend the flexible charge contact pins in the charger.
The LED showing the operating status in the charger flashes alternately red and green. The handpiece is not in the charger. Charger is defective. Have the charger repaired.
The LED showing the operating status in the charger flashes alternately red and green. The handpiece is in the charger. Malfunction during charging. The battery is damaged. Replace the battery.
The LED showing the operating status in the charger does not come on even though the plug has been connected to an electrical outlet. Power outlet carries no voltage.
Charger is defective.
Use a different power outlet.
Have the charger repaired.
The light intensity is too low. - Clean the light guide and the protecting glass in the light guide mounting hole (Please refer to 'Cleaning the Light Guide' in the Instructions For Use).

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