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What is the difference between heat and self cure acrylic resins?

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Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry
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In brief: Long-Term Quality

Heat-cured acrylics are less porous, harder, easier to polish, easier to clean, and generally last longer. But, they have to be processed in a laboratory (generally).
Self-cured acrylics are quick &easy to use, so a dentist can use them in a clinical/practice setting. You don't have to send anything to the lab and wait. Large projects = heat-cured preferred. Small projects = either is okay.

In brief: Long-Term Quality

Heat-cured acrylics are less porous, harder, easier to polish, easier to clean, and generally last longer. But, they have to be processed in a laboratory (generally).
Self-cured acrylics are quick &easy to use, so a dentist can use them in a clinical/practice setting. You don't have to send anything to the lab and wait. Large projects = heat-cured preferred. Small projects = either is okay.
Dr. Daniel Wolter
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