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The Small-Diameter Implant: A Valuable Treatment Option for Many Patients

The Small-Diameter Implant: A Valuable Treatment Option for Many Patients
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Course Objectives (1 CE Credit)

Raymond Choi, DDS

With the exception of their distinctive diameters, small-diameter implants (SDIs) are virtually identical to conventional-sized implants and exhibit high long-term success rates. Ideal for many patients who are unable to receive conventional implant therapy, SDIs can provide an improved quality of life for those with loose dentures or missing teeth.

Dr. Raymond Choi discusses the numerous benefits afforded by SDIs, as well as the various patient types suited for this treatment, common applications, and the straightforward surgical protocol. Topics include:

  • Identification of small-diameter implant sizes
  • Explanation of the SDI’s construction and performance capabilities
  • Various patient types ideally suited for treatment
  • Treatment planning considerations
  • Evaluation benefits of the 2-D radiograph versus CBCT scan
  • Surgical protocol for minimally invasive implant placement
  • Techniques for achieving high primary stability
  • Common applications for the edentulous mandible and maxilla


Small-diameter implants are an effective treatment modality and can aid patients who cannot otherwise receive implant treatment. With SDIs, many patients can enjoy immediate benefits and enhanced quality of life. Because of a simple surgical protocol that takes significantly less time than conventional implants, it can be a productive and profitable procedure. In many cases, a short training program is all that is needed for doctors to confidently place small-diameter implants.

CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.


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