Water sorption, solubility and dimensional changes of denture base polymers reinforced with short glass fibers
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The aim of this study was to determine water sorption, solubility and dimensional stability of injection and compression-molded polymethyl methacrylate based denture base polymer that was reinforced with various concentrations and lengths of E-glass fibers. For water sorption and solubility, 20 test groups with different fiber contents and lengths of fibers were prepared. Test specimens without fibers were used as a control. The water sorption and solubility was measured after 90 days water storage. For dimensional stability, rhombic test specimens were prepared and the dimensional changes were measured after processing, drying and storing in water for 4 days and 30 days and were compared with those on the brass model. The water sorption and solubility of injection-molded denture base polymer was lower compared to compression-molded specimens (p<0.05). The dimensional accuracy of denture base polymer was not affected with fiber reinforcement (p > 0.05).