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Heat-polymerized acrylic resins is the most used denture base material in prosthodontics. One of mechanical properties of acrylic resins is transverse strength. It represents the masticatory pressure that is applied to denture base. Black tea is the second largest consumed beverage in the world. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of black tea beverage on transverse strength of heat-polymerized acrylic resins. A total of 24 heat-polymerized acrylic resin plates (65×10×2,5 mm) were immersed in black tea beverage for 1, 4, and 20 days as treatment group and in aquadest for 1, 4, and 20 days as control group. The transverse strength of acrylic samples were measured by three–point bending test by universal testing machine. Data were statistically analyzed using Independent t test. The transverse strength values of acrylic resin immersed in black tea beverage had no significant differences to the transverse strength values of acrylic resin immersed in aquadest with similar immersion time (p>0,05). There was no effect of black tea beverage on transverse strength of heat-polymerized acrylic resins. Immersion time decrease the transverse strength of heat-polymerized acrylic resins due to water sorption.
Keywords: Heat-polymerized acrylic resins, black tea, transverse strength