Mini implants are narrow width implants, the thickness of a round toothpick, that can be placed in areas with deficient bone where regular implants should not be placed. They were originally designed as Transitional (temporary) implants and dentists soon found out that they fused to the bone and were hard to remove. They have some characteristics that make them appealing to patients, such as reduced cost (about half of the cost of regular implants), and the procedure usually requires no surgery. Finally, most mini-implant procedures are done in one visit. If you thought that you could not afford dental implant work because of the cost involved, maybe you should look at mini implants as an economical alternative.