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A novel fibre optic dental instrumentation system to provide true understanding of the curing behaviour of dental materials. This system could be also used as a dental restoration training platform for dental practitioners. This research program is aimed to contribute to the development of technology, education and training to achieve dental restorations of the highest quality.

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Competitive advantage

  • A unique system to provide new insights to dental composite properties such as shrinkage profile and its relationship with curing lamp and curing techniques
  • A unique dental restoration training platform to study the impact of restoration techniques and materials properties on the quality and longevity of the restoration


  • Greatly improve the quality of life of dental patients and the bench time of practitioners by knowing the composite-curing lamp-curing techniques correlation.
  • Promote the use of dental composites among dental practitioners and dental patients alike.

Successful outcomes

  • Proof of concept demonstrated in lab, research ongoing towards prototype development.

Capabilities and facilities

  • Dental composite testing and characterisation facility; optical fibre sensor development and characterisation facilities.

Our partners

  • University of Wollongong
  • SDI Ltd