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Success of short implants in patients who are partially edentulous

Sarah Gray DDS, MS .


Systematic Review Conclusion

Short implants (< 10 millimeters) can be used successfully in patients who are partially edentulous. Greater survival rates are associated with implants in the mandible, with implants in patients who are nonsmokers and with implants of at least 6 mm in length.

Critical Summary Assessment

The survival rate of short implants in partially edentulous patients is similar to that of standard implants, with two-year survival rates generally increasing with implant length and being greater for implants placed in the mandible.

Evidence Quality Rating

Good Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019