|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 446-451
Effect of repeated microwave disinfection on the surface hardness of a heat-cured denture base resin: An In vitro study
Priti Jaiswal, Neelam Pande, Rajlakshmi Banerjee, Usha Radke
Department of Prosthodontics, VSPM DCRC, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Web Publication||16-Aug-2018|
Dr. Priti Jaiswal
“Shree Ganesh,” Plot No. 8, South Ambazari Road, Laxmi Nagar, Nagpur - 440 022, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
| Abstract|| |
Statement of the Problem: Disinfection of complete dentures is very crucial to prevent cross-contamination and infection. Microwave disinfection is a quick, easy, and effective means to disinfect dentures. However, the effect of repeated microwave cycles on the surface hardness property of heat-cured polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) resin is not known. Materials and Methods: A total of 60 samples of heat-cured PMMA resin were fabricated for surface hardness. Each group was divided into four groups, according to the number of microwave cycles (MWC) applied for disinfection: control group (no disinfection) 0MWC, 1MWC group, 3MWC group, and 5MWC group. Results: No significant change on the surface hardness of a heat-cured denture base resin on repeated microwave disinfection. Conclusion: The repeated microwave disinfection showed statistically nonsignificant change on the surface hardness of the PMMA resin. Microwave disinfection can be safely used in regular practice to avoid cross-contamination and can also be suggested to patients for the regular denture hygiene.
Keywords: Denture base resin, microwave disinfection, surface hardness
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Jaiswal P, Pande N, Banerjee R, Radke U. Effect of repeated microwave disinfection on the surface hardness of a heat-cured denture base resin: An In vitro study. Contemp Clin Dent 2018;9:446-51
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Jaiswal P, Pande N, Banerjee R, Radke U. Effect of repeated microwave disinfection on the surface hardness of a heat-cured denture base resin: An In vitro study. Contemp Clin Dent [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Aug 7];9:446-51. Available from: http://www.contempclindent.org/text.asp?2018/9/3/446/238841
| Introduction|| |
The ultimate purpose of dentistry is to heal and give relief to the patients from their dental problems. During the procedures, the dentist has a legal and ethical obligation to prevent infections among patients, dental personnels, and technicians due to cross-contamination. Control of cross-infection has been a subject of interest to the area of dentistry over the last few decades. Therefore concern about the transmission of infectious contagious diseases like AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and herpes between the dental patients and dental personnel is of prime importance.
Dentures can be cleaned or disinfected mechanically, chemically, or through a combination of both mechanical and chemical procedures. The disadvantages of mechanical procedures are ineffective in removing an unacceptably large proportion of adherent microorganisms. It causes scratches and irregularities on the surface of the dentures. Chemical methods for disinfecting dentures include soaking or immersion in solutions such as vinegar, sodium hypochlorite, glutaraldehydes, iodoforms, chlorine dioxide, or alcohol solutions. However, the chemical disinfection may present disadvantages such as denture staining, bleaching, denture corrosion, odor, and patient's oral tissue reactions. To overcome the disadvantages of chemical disinfection, the use of microwave energy has been suggested in dentistry as a simple alternative to prostheses disinfection.,,,
The surface hardness of a denture is based on its ability to resist scratching. Hardness is defined as the “resistance to indentation.” Measurements of surface hardness of a denture base resin indicate to what extent the forces applied during mastication can be resisted. Hence, if the hardness decreases considerably with subsequent microwave disinfection cycles, then wear of the denture base material increases, leading to fracture of the denture.
Hence, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of repeated microwave disinfection on the surface hardness of a heat-cured denture base resin and to test the hypothesis that repeated microwave disinfection will have a negative effect on the property of surface hardness of denture base resins.
Aim and objectives
The aim of this study is to evaluate and to compare the effect of repeated microwave disinfection on the surface hardness of a heat-cured denture base resin.
The objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of repeated microwave disinfection on the surface hardness of a heat-cured denture base resin. Moreover, to compare the effect of different cycles of microwave disinfection on surface hardness of a heat-cured denture base resin.
| Materials and Methods|| |
Heat-cured polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) resin (DPI Heat Cure PINKTM, Dental Product of India Ltd., India 2135) was used to fabricate the test samples which were tested using the Microhardness Tester (Company Reichert, Austria SR. No. 363798).
The steps involved in the fabrication of the test samples are as follows:
Fabrication of metal dyes
A set of six brass metal dies of disk shape was fabricated, each having dimensions of 15 mm diameter and 5 mm depth [Figure 1]. These metal dies also have a threaded hole at the center; to facilitate easy removal of dies from the stone mold, with screws engaged in these threaded holes. The diameter of threaded hole was 5 mm, and depth was 3 mm, leaving the other surface untouched for the measurement of surface hardness.
Fabrication of gypsum mold
In a single mold, for surface hardness test, six metal dies (15 mm × 5 mm depth) were invested in the flask [Figure 2]. The stone was allowed to set for 1 h. After that flask was opened with the help of screws, the dies were gently separated from the investing material, leaving behind the mold cavities.
Preparation of polymethyl methacrylate resin samples
Conventional heat polymerizing denture base material (DPI Heat Cure) was used in the study. A total of 60 samples for the tests were fabricated, 3 ml of monomer and 7.5 g of polymer powder was mixed. Packing was done. Short-curing cycle was carried out, and then, finishing and polishing of the samples were done and then stored in distilled water. In the group (SH), there were total 60 samples divided into four groups of 15 samples each [Figure 3].
- Group SH-0 Samples without undergoing microwave disinfection cycle
- Group SH-One microwave cycle (1MWC) – Samples with 1 cycle of microwave disinfection
- Group SH-3MWC – Samples with three cycles of microwave disinfection
- Group SH-5MWC– Samples with five cycles of microwave disinfection.
Microwave disinfection of the samples
Each sample was immersed in 150 ml of distilled water  inside a Borosil beaker and then inserted inside a microwave oven, which was set at 650 W for 3 min. This was referred as “one disinfection cycle of microwave irradiation.” Thus, the above-described procedure for 1MWC was repeated three times for the group with 3MWCs and five times for 5MWCs one cycle/day. After completion of MWCs, all the samples were again stored in the distilled water, till the tests were performed [Figure 4].
Testing of samples
All the samples were initially conditioned in incubator, immersed in distilled water at 37°C for 48 h, before they were tested on machines, to simulate oral conditions.
Surface hardness test
The samples were tested using the Vickers hardness (HV) test method, which consists of indenting the test material with a diamond indenter, in the form of a right pyramid with a square base and an angle of 136° between opposite faces subjected to a load of 0.05 kgf [Figure 5]. The load was applied for 10–15 s. The two diagonals of the indentation left on the surface of the sample, after removal of the load, were measured using a microscope and their average was calculated. The area of the sloping surface of the indentation was calculated. The HV was the quotient obtained by dividing the kgf load by the square millimeter area of indentation.
The HV number was calculated in (HV) using the formula:
HV = (1.854 × F)/d 2
Where F = Load (kgf), d = Arithmetic mean of the two diagonals, d1 and d2, (mm)
| Results|| |
The datasets for each test were evaluated for normal or nonnormal distribution. The mean and median values for each group were also evaluated. The Shapiro–Wilk normality test was used to check the normal distribution of data. P < 0.05 indicates that the sample deviates from normality. For the normally distributed data, the mean of the four subgroups was suggested for the comparison using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Student's t-test for pair-wise comparison. P ≤ 0.05 was considered to be statistically significant. The computer software, such as NCSS, EPI INFO software, and WinSTAT (MS Excel), was used to perform statistical calculations.
The arithmetic mean of the two diagonals for the surface hardness of each sample under the load of 50 g (0.05 kgf) was recorded as shown in [Master Chart 1]. The HV number for each sample was calculated using the formula described above. The highest, lowest, and mean surface hardness value with standard deviation for Control Group SH-0MWC, SH-1MWC SH-3MWC, and SH-5MWC were recorded as shown in [Table 1]. The mean surface hardness for groups control group SH-0 MWC, SH-1MWC, SH-3MWC, and SH-5MWC is shown in [Graph 1]. One-way ANOVA was applied on the test results of the four groups, and comparison was done. The results of ANOVA for the surface hardness of all the four groups were shown in [Table 2]. The P < 0.05 was taken as significant change among the groups. This analysis revealed statistically nonsignificant (P = 0.380) change in the surface hardness of the four groups. Student's t-test was applied to compare two groups in a pair, and pairwise significance of surface hardness is shown in [Table 3]. P < 0.05 was taken as significant change between the two compared groups. On comparison, it was found that there was no significant change in groups from each other.
| Discussion|| |
Surface hardness of a denture base resin indicates to what extent the forces applied during mastication can be resisted. The result for surface hardness, from [Table 1] and [Table 3], indicates that there is an increase in mean HV number of the denture base resin up to 3MWCs and decreased for 5MWCs. The increase in surface hardness was observed because of reduction in residual monomer levels either due to leaching out of monomer with increases in temperature or due to further conversion of monomer into acrylic because of microwave polymerization. However, there was decrease in surface hardness of the last disinfection group, which could be due to water sorption at the surface, accelerated by increase in temperature during microwave disinfection, thus producing a plasticizing effect and causing the reduction in the surface hardness of the denture base material. The statistical analysis (ANOVA) of current study, [Table 3] indicates that the change in the surface hardness of denture resin due to repeated microwave disinfection is nonsignificant, P = 0.380 (at the 95% confidence level, P value is significant, if P ≤ 0.05). This can be explained by the use of higher polymerization temperature for the denture material at the time of polymerization, which eventually, resulted in less residual monomer to cause any effect on the surface hardness of the resin. In addition, the rise in temperature, which was for very short interval of time, did not influence the water sorption at the surface, significantly. Hence, the repeated microwave disinfection contributed nonsignificant change in the surface hardness of the denture resin. In a previous study, Ribeiro et al. found no significant changes in the mean hardness values between the control specimens and those submitted to microwave disinfection at different exposure times (up to 5 min). Consani et al. also evaluated and compared the effect of repeated simulated microwave disinfections on the adaptation of the maxillary complete denture achieved when bases were prepared using the traditional cramp flask closure and Restriction System flask closure methods. Repeated simulated disinfections by microwave energy did not cause deleterious effect on the base adaptation when the traditional cramp and RS system flask closure methods were compared. Silva et al. also stated that the hardness of heat-cured resin was not significantly influenced by either of the disinfection methods, immersion in sodium perborate (50°C/10 min) or microwave irradiation (650 watts/6 min), or the number of MWCs. Hence, there was no significant increase in hardness of heat-cured resin by microwave disinfection. Senna et al. evaluated the cumulative effects of different microwave power levels on the physical properties of two PMMA denture base resins. PMMA specimens (two polymerized in a water bath and two using microwave energy) were submitted to microwave irradiation for 3 min at a power level of 450,630, or 900 W. The surface roughness, surface hardness, linear stability, flexural strength, elastic modulus, impact strength, and fractographic properties were evaluated after either 6 or 36 simulated disinfection cycles. The results showed that the polymerization method did not influence any property except linear stability. They also concluded that microwave disinfection at 450 W to 630 W for 3 min is safe for PMMA. Konchada et al. evaluated and compared the effect of simulated microwave disinfection at a recommended power setting on the mechanical properties of three denture base heat-polymerized acrylic resins. The mechanical properties of the three denture base resins were not altered after simulated microwave disinfection, as compared to those of the controls. They concluded that Microwave irradiation at 650 W for 5 min did not affect the mechanical properties of the three denture base resins. Domestic microwave oven, at the prescribed setting, can be used as an alternative method of disinfection for complete dentures without affecting their properties. Thus, the results of the present study are in accordance with the findings of the previous studies ,,,, stating that there is no significant effect on the surface hardness of the denture material due to microwave disinfection. Vasconcelos et al. evaluated the effect of simulated disinfections (2% glutaraldehyde, 1% sodium hypochlorite, and microwave energy) on the surface hardness of Trilux, Biocler, Biotone, New Ace, and Magister commercial artificial teeth. They concluded that different disinfection methods promoted different effects on the microhardness of different types of artificial teeth. Surface microhardness of the teeth was less affected by the simulated chemical disinfections when compared to microwaved specimens. Although in this study, some effect is seen on the artificial teeth with the use of microwaves, the present study was done to check the effect of microwave disinfection on the surface hardness of denture base and effect on denture teeth was not considered in the ambit of this study. Senna et al. evaluated whether the addition of an enzymatic cleanser to microwave disinfection regimen would disinfect dentures with shorter irradiation time. The group of specimens colonized with Candida albicans biofilm was submitted to microwave irradiation at 450 W for 1, 2, or 3 min. Another group of specimens colonized with Candida albicans biofilm was immersed in denture cleanser for 3 min with microwave irradiation at 450 W for 1, 2, or 3 min. The results showed that no viable cells were found after immersion in denture cleanser with microwave irradiation at 450 W for 2 or 3 min and microwave irradiation alone at 450 W for 3 min. The lowest temperature was achieved when disinfected through microwave irradiation at 450 W for 2 min along with immersion in denture cleanser. They concluded that the association of a denture cleanser and microwave energy is efficient to disinfect dentures in lower irradiation time and temperature. Klironomos et al. evaluated the effect of microwave disinfection on denture base polymers, liners, and teeth. The results showed that microwave disinfection could be a safe alternative for the disinfection microwave disinfection (650 W/3 min/3 cycles) is a safe alternative for the disinfection of denture bases and liners compared to the chemical one when the procedure is carried out in dry conditions, but could possibly cause dimensional changes of clinical significance when the irradiation takes place in wet environment. More than three cycles of microwave disinfection in these settings could adversely affect the physical–mechanical properties of denture base resins, liners, or teeth. Microwave irradiation (650 W/3 min) seems to have no detrimental effects of clinical importance on the flexural properties, impact strength and hardness of denture resins and the bond, flexural strength, porosity, and hardness of denture liners. The effects of microwave disinfection on the hardness of denture teeth and teeth/denture bond strength are still controversial and no safe conclusions can be drawn. However, in the present study, it was found that no significant difference was seen on the surface hardness with (650 W/5 cycles) in wet conditions on the denture base resins.
The findings fulfilled the aim and objectives of this study, which clinically implies that microwave irradiation, can be used for denture disinfection to avoid cross-contamination. It can be performed repeatedly as there is no adverse effect of microwave irradiation on the surface hardness of the denture base acrylic resin. This method of disinfection for complete dentures and treatment partial dentures can be performed in domestic microwave oven, with the same parameters and setting used in this study. In this study, samples were prepared in accordance with the American Dental Association specification number 12. Although the study was designed and carried out with highest possible accuracy, still, the present study has certain limitations as in practice; dentures would be exposed to large number of MWCs within its service life. Therefore, a long-term study can be carried out to investigate the effect of microwave irradiations throughout the service life of the dentures. In the oral cavity, dentures are subjected to forces of varying magnitudes acting in different directions, all at the same time. The same situation could not be simulated, in this in vitro study. Furthermore, the curvature of the denture follows the contours of the anatomic tissues. Rectangular acrylic strips were used for the test; the same curvature could not be simulated in this study.
| Summary and Conclusion|| |
Within the limitations of this study, following conclusions were drawn. The domestic microwave oven can be used to disinfect the dentures. The microwave disinfection method can be used repeatedly for disinfecting the dentures up to 650 W for 3 min. The repeated microwave disinfection showed statistically nonsignificant change in the surface hardness of the PMMA resin. It is safe, as it does not require chemicals, which may cause irritation to patients soft tissue or do not need to compromise on esthetics, due to discoloration.
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