The present study was conducted to evaluate and compare the fracture resistance of maxillary complete dentures reinforced with full and partial glass fibre mesh with that of the conventional dentures
Material and Methods: The present study included a sample of 30 dentures, Group 1: Conventional dentures (unreinforced). Group 2: Complete dentures reinforced with partial glass fibre
mesh. Group 3: Complete dentures reinforced with full glass fibre mesh. The fracture resistance of the dentures was measured using the Universal testing machine, by applying a load at a cross head speed of 10mm/min.
Results showed that there was statistically significant difference in the mean fracture resistance values in three groups, 1, 2 and 3. Group 3 has higher fracture resistance than the group 2. (p=0.003). Followed by group 1and the results were highly statistically significant. Group 2 has higher fracture resistance than the group 1(p<0.001) and statistically highly significant.
Conclusion: Reinforced dentures either partial or full have significantly high fracture resistance compared to conventional dentures.
Clinical Implication: It is advisable to reinforce the dentures either partially or completely to improve the fracture resistance, particularly in patients with frequent mid line fracture of the dentures.