Alveolar ridge resorption due to the loss of 1 or more teeth is influenced by many factors, such as age, gender, diabetes, osteoporosis, genetic predisposition, and periodontal disease. In addition, the longer the time elapsing after dental extractions, the less bone volume will be available for standard-length implant placement.1–3  Several surgical techniques for the purpose of vertical bone augmentation have been described, including guided bone regeneration (GBR), distraction osteogenesis, intra- and extra-oral bone grafting, interpositional grafts, and combinations thereof.3,4  These procedures are case-sensitive, technically demanding, and time-consuming. They may also contribute to increase postoperative morbidity and the total duration of the therapy. Short implant placement has become a good alternative to overcome the limitations posed by deficient residual ridges. This solution reduces the time, cost, morbidity, and patient's discomfort by comparison with bone augmentation procedures.3,6 

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