Removal of a metal-ceramic fixed partial denture with a loose retainer

J Prosthodont. 2003 Mar;12(1):13-6. doi: 10.1053/jpro.2003.5.


In clinical practice, it is necessary to remove a ceramic-veneered fixed partial denture when an abutment becomes loose. When possible, the fixed partial denture is removed in a single piece, allowing recementation when appropriate. A 1-piece removal is challenging, often putting the veneer and abutment teeth at risk for damage. This article describes a technique for fabricating and using a 2-piece matrix that both protects the prosthesis and better directs removal forces along the long axis of the abutments.

MeSH terms

  • Acrylic Resins
  • Cementation
  • Ceramics
  • Dental Abutments
  • Dental Debonding / instrumentation
  • Dental Debonding / methods*
  • Dental Restoration Failure*
  • Dental Veneers
  • Denture Repair / methods
  • Denture Retention*
  • Denture, Partial, Fixed*
  • Humans
  • Metal Ceramic Alloys*
  • Torque


  • Acrylic Resins
  • Metal Ceramic Alloys