Fabricating low-fusing metal casts for more accurate implant prosthodontics

Robert L. Schneider, Alvin G. Wee

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An important factor that affects the clinical success of dental implants is the way stresses are transferred to the bone via the implant framework and fixture. An ill-fitting implant framework will contribute to these stresses and may result in catastrophic failure of the prosthesis or one of the components and/or fixtures, in addition to possible alveolar bone loss. Many factors may contribute to the difficulty of achieving a passive fit on a complete-arch implant framework. A technique for producing an accurate master cast by using a low-fusing metal is described. The low-fusing metal is dimensionally more accurate than conventional gypsum products. The technique does not require a significant change from conventional chairside and laboratory procedures for complete-arch master cast impressions, and should result in a more passively fitting framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-303
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Prosthodontics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Dental cast materials
  • Dental implant
  • Dimensional accuracy
  • Gypsum
  • Low-fusing metal
  • Passive fitting frameworks


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