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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 264-270

Flexural properties and impact strength of denture base resins reinforced with micronized glass flakes


Department of Prosthodontics, KVG Dental College and Hospital, Sullia, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Ronak H Choksi
Department of Prosthodontics, KVG Dental College and Hospital, Sullia - 574 327, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.176532

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Objectives: To investigate the effect of the addition of glass flakes on physical properties of conventional heat cure denture base resins and to compare it with a high impact strength denture base resin. Materials and Methods: Test specimens were divided into Group 1 - poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) (Trevalon), Group 2 - Trevalon HI, Group 3 -5% glass flake +95% PMMA (Trevalon), Group 4 -10% glass flake +90% PMMA (Trevalon), and Group 5 -20% glass flake +80% PMMA (Trevalon). For glass flake modified groups, part of PMMA (powder) was substituted with the same weight of glass flake (GF003 m) as required, to bring it to 100% powder. Flexural strength was tested using three-point bending test and impact strength with Izod type impact tester. Results: Plain PMMA (Trevalon), showed the highest value of flexural strength followed by Trevalon HI. Trevalon HI (highly cross-linked PMMA) group showed the highest value of impact strength. Conclusion: Flexural strength of unmodified PMMA denture base resin decreases with increase in the concentration of glass flakes. Impact strength does not show any significant change at 5% concentration of glass flakes and impact strength significantly reduces with the addition of glass flakes in 10% and 20%.


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