Wide Platform Implants: Should I Splint Them?

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Anon. asks:
I have a middle-aged male patient in excellent health who has lost his mandibular first and second molars due to advanced periodontal disease. He has 8mm of bone height available for implant placement which will leave me about 2mm above his inferior alveolar nerve. Buccolingual width of bone is excellent and I have adequate room to place a wide platform implant. If I use 8mm long, wide platform implants, should I splint them because they are shorter than the ideal? My preference is for free-standing implants and single crowns. Any thoughts?