I recently attended my yearly update training course on mini implants with Dr. Gordon Christiansen. This is a wonderful option for those with loose or ill-fitting dentures or partial dentures and can even be used to replace individual teeth in many cases where larger conventional implants won’t work. There are now several brands of mini implants approved by the FDA for permanent implant use varying in size, shape, and length allowing more versatility in placement. These mini implants can usually be placed and used immediately rather then requiring the several month waiting period of most larger conventional implants. They can also last just as long as the larger implants, which is potentially for life. They are very simple to place with local anesthetic and our patients report no pain at the time of placement and little or no pain afterward. We have quite a number of patients that reported a “life changing” improvement to their ability to eat and enjoy food again once we placed their mini implants.