What are short and / or narrow dental implants?
The treatment with the best prognosis to replace a tooth lost is the dental implant with a success rate of 98%. The implant is placed around the bone, so a sufficient amount of bone is needed to be able to place it. Currently, there are a high quality dental implants, which are made with more advanced materials. These implants have a smaller length and diameter meaning that these implants are smaller. Therefore a less amount of residual bone is needed to be able to placed it. Studies comparing short (4mm long) with long implants (10mm long) have demonstrated high success rates in both cases.
What advantages do they offer to the patient?
The bone preparation to place these implants is smaller than in a larger implant. In addition, these smaller implants allow us to perform implant treatments in patients with lower bone availability, without the need of large bone reconstruction surgeries, which are usually painful for the patient. All this means that we can do less invasive and less painful surgeries for the patient even in cases of low bone availability.
How can they be done?
In order to place narrow / short implants it is necessary to have an updated implantological training, as well as work with a pioneer implant system (not all implants are of the same quality). With this we can solve most cases with little bone with a very good postoperative period for the patient since it is a minimally invasive surgery.