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Acrylic resin is commonly used to fabricate removable prostheses due to its adequate physical, mechanical properties and cost effectiveness. There has been continuous development of the materials to improve their properties and to widen their applications in different clinical settings. This study aimed to provide a historical development of the acrylic resin and elaborate on the properties of different types and the processing methods of acrylic resins used to fabricate denture base which are commercially available in the market. This would help dental clinicians to choose the best material of choice in the market. The authors have summarized the history, development and classification of different types of acrylic resins used in fabricating dentures and processing methods based on published research available on this topic using published materials available in the Dental Library, University of Malaya and the database (Science Direct, PubMed). Every type of acrylic denture base material has its pros and cons. Therefore, careful selection of the material and processing method is crucial to ensure patients are receiving the best outcome in prosthodontic treatment hence upholding the patients’ best interest and improving their quality of life.