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Prosthetic Rehabilitation of the Posterior Atrophic Maxilla, Short (≤6 mm) or Long (≥10 mm) Dental Implants? A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Trial Sequential Analysis

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Andrea Ravidà

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Article Overview: Unveiling the Efficacy of Short and Long Dental Implants for Posterior Atrophic Maxilla Rehabilitation

Dental implantology stands at the forefront of modern prosthetic dentistry, offering transformative solutions for patients with maxillary atrophy. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis, "Prosthetic Rehabilitation of the Posterior Atrophic Maxilla, Short (≤6 mm) or Long (≥10 mm) Dental Implants?", has illuminated the comparative outcomes of short (≤6 mm) and long (≥10 mm) dental implants in the context of sinus floor elevation. This comprehensive analysis, encompassing 12 studies, reveals intriguing findings that challenge conventional norms in implant selection and treatment strategies. The study's 3-year follow-up results indicate no statistically significant difference between short and long implants, augmenting the discourse on treatment efficacy and patient-centered care. Notably, short implants exhibit compelling attributes such as reduced biological complications, minimal marginal bone loss, and cost-effective treatment, positioning them as a predictable option for maxillary atrophy up to a 3-year follow-up. However, the need for additional studies is underscored, emphasizing the imperative of robust evidence to guide clinical decisions in this domain. This thought-provoking article serves as a beacon of knowledge for dental professionals, unraveling pivotal insights into the nuanced considerations surrounding implant selection and treatment modalities for posterior atrophic maxilla rehabilitation.

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