Students of UMY Design Comfortable and Economical Dentures

The increasing issues of missing teeth and decreasing of aesthetic awareness lead to the escalating of denture use. According to Riset Kesehatan Dasar (Riskedas), in 2017 prevalence of the missing teeth was 3.9 percent and the prevalence of denture use was 4.5 percent. Noticing the fact, students of UMY Novi Kurniawati (a Dentistry student of batch 2014), Desy Novianti (a Dentistry student of batch 2014) and Galih Nur Cholis (a Dentistry student of batch 2016) conducted a research on ‘Perbedaan Kekuatan Tekan dan Fleksural Bahan Thermoplastic Nylon dan Acrylic Resin Heat Curing pada Berbagai Ketebalan’ (‘Differences of Pressure and Flexural Strengths of Thermoplastic Nylon and Acrylic Resin Heat Curing on Various Thicknesses’). The research was proposed to Program Kreativitas Mahasiswa (PKM).

Novi Kurnati stated that many patients complained that their dentures were often broken and felt thick so that they were uncomfortable. “One of the factors of the broken dentures is mechanical strengths to chew as pressure and flexural strengths. To anticipate the fracture is adding the thickness but users may be uncomfortable,” she told in an interview on Monday (26/7).

The research findings revealed that the highest pressure strength of Thermoplastic Nylon dentures and Acrylic Resin Heat Curing was 1.5 mm and 2.5 mm respectively. “Our research supervisor drg. Laelia Dwi Anggraini, Sp.KGA has tested the strengths of two material on various thicknesses,” informed Novi.

She added that the highest flexural strength of Thermoplastic Nylon dentures and Acrylic Resin Heat Curing was 1 mm and 2 mm respectively. “We expected that our research can be valuable for people and give psychological and economic benefits as well as time efficiency. Psychologically, patients will feel comfortable. They also save their time and money because they do not need to take care of the fracture,” mentioned Novi.

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