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What are the differences between heat cure and self cure acrylic resins?

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Dr. Meng Syn
Dentistry

In brief: Polymerization

Heat cure implies that heat is needed to accelerate or catalyze polymerization.
Obviously it is not used intra orally since adding heat to a mouth is not comfortable or safe. Heat cured acrylics are used in makeing dentures which "cook" in hot water. Self cure acrylics were once used intra-orally. A catalyst and base material are mixed together, placed in the cavity prep and left to cure.

In brief: Polymerization

Heat cure implies that heat is needed to accelerate or catalyze polymerization.
Obviously it is not used intra orally since adding heat to a mouth is not comfortable or safe. Heat cured acrylics are used in makeing dentures which "cook" in hot water. Self cure acrylics were once used intra-orally. A catalyst and base material are mixed together, placed in the cavity prep and left to cure.
Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Syn
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In brief: The Catalyst

Acrylic resins are thick pastes that harden via polymerization of the chemical constituents.
Polymerization (hardening) is initiated by a catalyst -- heat is a catalyst. A self cure acrylic, requires a separate chemical catalyst for hardening/polymerization.

In brief: The Catalyst

Acrylic resins are thick pastes that harden via polymerization of the chemical constituents.
Polymerization (hardening) is initiated by a catalyst -- heat is a catalyst. A self cure acrylic, requires a separate chemical catalyst for hardening/polymerization.
Dr. Michael Montgomery
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Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: One requires heat

Self cure acrylic resins are materials that will set and cure without the need for additional heating of the material.
Heat cured resins require additional steps to warm or heat the material in order for the acrylic resin to set or cure.

In brief: One requires heat

Self cure acrylic resins are materials that will set and cure without the need for additional heating of the material.
Heat cured resins require additional steps to warm or heat the material in order for the acrylic resin to set or cure.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Dr. Daniel Quon
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