Short implants in the posterior zone

Vertical augmentation procedures in the posterior zone of the mandible and maxilla are often challenging procedures with a relevant complication rate. Predictability and long-term success of these procedures remains under discussion. Short implants have been on the market for many years and their technical quality as well as the understanding of their use has evolved within the last years. The problem of reduced primary stability has been solved by better thread designs. High mechanical forces produced by the large vertical cantilever can be managed by using tissue level implants. Evidence from clinical trials shows the success of these restorations. However, it should be noted, that many questions in the details remain open: Splinting of restorations on short implants is a common procedure, but the effect has never been tested. Soft tissue and oral hygiene problems in conjunction with implant abutment connections close to the floor of the mouth also remain a problem. Different occlusal concepts have never been studied, but in the practical setting are often part of the decision-making process. In conclusion even from the surgical perspective, short implants are an increasingly interesting option for vertical deficiencies in the posterior mandible and maxilla.


After the lecture you will be able to:

  • define clinical situations, in which short implants are an option.
  • analyze the differences between maxillary and mandibular situations.
  • describe the technical developments of short implants.
  • analyze individual aspects influencing the prognosis of short implants.

ITI International Team for Implantology
ITI Headquarters

Peter Merian-Weg 10
4052 Basel, Switzerland

ITI Congress Nordic | September 1-2 | 2023

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