Composite materials were made by sedimention of ceramic powders in methyl methacrylate which was then polymerized by gamma-irradiation. Inclusion of 4-methacryloxyethyl trimellitic anhydride (4-META) generally was found to result in an increase in Knoop hardness number, Young's modulus, and transverse strength. Most emphasis was placed on transverse strength which was found to be increased by ca. 30% by inclusion of 4-META (5 wt %) in composites made with silanated LiAlSiO4. However an abrupt decrease in strength was found for composites with greater than ca. 83 wt % silanated LiAlSiO4. This was shown by fractography to be due to increased porosity and dewetting at the higher filler contents. Fractography also indicated that inclusion of 4-META results in a more coherent polymeric matrix. Further evidence for greater coherence was obtained by showing that 4-META confers resistance to disintegration by chloroform.