Water sorption by maxillary acrylic resin denture base and consequent changes in vertical dimension.
Many kinds of materials have been tried in the Laboratory and to some extent clinically prior to introduction of acrylic resin. With the introduction of acrylic resin as denture base material, continuous attempts have been made to evaluate its physical properties. To observe the changes in vertical measurements of acrylic resin dentures due to water sorption and to assess variations of vertical movements of individual teeth within dentures due to water sorption; present study was carried out on 25 maxillary acrylic dentures. From results, the maximum water sorption appears to take place within 24 hours and after 28 day of water sorption; there is no change in vertical dimension if the denture is placed for further more time. With the introduction of acrylic resin as denture base material continued attempts have been made to evaluate physical properties so as to determine its suitability as an ideal nonmetalic denture base materials. Several investigations have been carried out on physical properties of this material such as compressive strength, tensile strength, solubility and colour stability. These have proved their superiority over other nonmetalic denture base materials used so far. Also several studies have been carried out to assess dimensional changes that occur in acrylic resin during processing, but very few studies have been carried out about the water sorption changes in the acrylic resin and still few about the vertical dimensional changes in acrylic resin due to water sorption. While fabricating the denture base from the acrylic resin, it comes in contact with water during polishing as well as cleaning, consequently during the use of denture it is constantly wetted by oral fluids. It is the hypothesis that water sorption by denture base acrylic may effect the retention and stability of the denture. It has been shown that water molecules act according to the laws of diffusion. The diffusion presumably occurs between the macromolecules which are forced slightly apart. This separation renders the molecules mobile and the inherent stresses created during heat curing of the acrylic resin can be relieved with consequent intermolecular relaxation and possible changes in the shape of the denture. Exposure time also plays a significant role in water sorption. The present investigation was therefore, carried out by keeping the following objectives: (1) The primary objective was to observe the changes in vertical measurements of acrylic resin dentures due to water sorption. (2) To assess the variations of vertical movement of individual teeth within the dentures due to water sorption.
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