How do I remove an abutment shaft that has already been tapped into an implant?
To remove an abutment using forceps grasp the abutment with a definite purchase and apply a simultaneous twisting and pulling motion to release the abutment from the implant. Alternatively, an abutment may be removed from an implant with the use of forceps and a tapping instrument such as a mallet or another forceps. After grasping the abutment with the forceps, apply a tapping force on the handle of the forceps away from and in the long axis of the implant. This technique will be particularly advantageous for the removal of an abutment in a recently integrated implant.