Quantification and identification of bacteria in acrylic resin dentures and dento-maxillary obturator-prostheses

Yasuhisa Takeuchi, Kazuko Nakajo, Takuichi Sato, Shigeto Koyama, Keiichi Sasaki, Nobuhiro Takahashi

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Purpose: To quantify and identify bacteria detected in acrylic resin dentures and dento-maxillary obturatorprostheses after long-term use. Methods: The internal layer of denture bases from 13 daily-use removable acrylic resin dentures was sampled, while the inner fluid samples/no-fluid samples of obturators were collected from 11 in-use acrylic resin dento-maxillary obturator-prostheses. Samples were cultured, and isolated bacteria were counted and identified by molecular biological methods. Results: Bacteria were detected in five (38.5%) acrylic resin dentures and six (54.5%) acrylic resin obturators. Four Lactobacillus species and one Propionibacterium species were isolated from three repaired denture bases, and from two non-repaired dentures, two Actinomyces species and Streptococcus mutans were isolated. On the other hand, 17 bacterial species, belonging to the family and genera of Olsenella, Bacillus, Citrobacter, Enterobacteriaceae, Lactobacillus, Pantoea, Peptoniphilus, Klebsiella and Pseudomonas, were isolated from obturators. Several species of viable bacteria were detected in acrylic resin denture bases and obturators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-175
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Dentistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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