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Braz Dent J. 2002;13(3):205-7.

Effect of intrinsic pigmentation on the flexural strength of a microwave-cured acrylic resin.

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  • 1Department of Prosthodontics and Periodontology, Dental School of Piracicaba, UNICAMP, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil.


This study investigated the effect of intrinsic pigmentation on the transverse strength of a microwave-cured acrylic resin. Forty transverse strength specimens were fabricated according to ADA specification #12 and divided into 5 groups. No fibers were added to group I (GI, control group); acrylic stain (AS) was added to GII and GIII in concentrations of 0.5 and 1.5% w/w, respectively; acrylic fibers (AF) were added to groups GIV and GV in concentrations of 0.5 and 1.5% w/w, respectively. All specimens were irradiated in a microwave oven with a cycle of 3 min at 360 W, followed by 4 min resting, then 3 min at 810 W. Flasks were bench-cooled for 30 min at room temperature, followed by immersion in cold tap water for 30 min. After storage in distilled water at 37 degrees C for 48 h, all specimens were tested for flexural strength in a testing machine (EMIC-DL 500) at a crosshead speed of 0.5 cm/min. Mean and standard deviation (MPa) for the flexural strength test were: GI = 86.0 +/- 7.9; GII = 86.0 +/- 9.8; GIII = 86.6 +/- 7.7; GIV = 84.9 +/- 5.3; GV = 84.9 +/- 5.2. No statistical differences were detected among the groups (ANOVA, p > 0.05). The addition of the acrylic fibers or the acrylic stain did not affect the transverse strength of the microwave-cured acrylic resin.

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