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Residual acrylic monomer content of denture base resins with different fiber systems

Ozdemir, Tonguc
Pamir, Ahmet Duru
Usanmaz, Ali
The conversion of monomer to its polymer may not be complete and residual monomer is left over in the polymeric matrix; this, in turn, affects the properties of the polymeric matrix. In this study, we wanted to compare residual monomer content of the unreinforced conventional heat-polymerized and microwave-polymerized acrylic resins with those of fiber-reinforced ones. High performance liquid chromatography was used for the determination of the residual monomer content. Statistical analysis of the results was carried out with a confidence level of 95%. It was observed that conventional heat-polymerized denture base resin resulted in a relatively higher residual monomer content than the microwaved one. Conventional heat-polymerized denture base resin with fiber reinforcement caused an increase in the residual monomer content. Furthermore, the change in the residual monomer content of microwave-polymerized denture base resin with fiber reinforcement was not statistically significant compared with no fiber reinforcement. (C) 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2012