The dentist is going to place a titanium screw in your jaw, allow it to heal nicely with the bone and then place a permanent cap (the dental crown).
This is quite a lengthy process, mainly because the healing time might take even up to 6 months, and you will need to visit the dentist several times until the permanent implant is placed.
However, it is truly worth considering dental implants, even if they are the most expensive replacements. If you are missing teeth in the front where the denture is visible any time you smile or talk, the dental implants will look and feel just like your natural tooth.
Plus, the dental implants come with lifetime warranty, needing maintenance only if they chip or break or any other complications arise.
The permanent dentures are a solution as well, these being less expensive. However, the greatest majority of patients complain abut the fact that dentures are uncomfortable to wear, can be damaged easily and they have that “plastic”, artificial look and feel.
For an extremely strong and stable bite, you should make an effort and invest into getting dental implants.
But where can you get affordable dental implants?
Well, the traditional dental implants can cost even up to $4,500 or $5,000 per tooth. They are indeed expensive for the mainstream patient, but there are alternatives you can consider.
For instance, the one-hour dental implants or the mini dental implants are the same durable, they take less time to complete and they cost half the price of the traditional implant.
The one hour implants are really ready within an hour or less. The dentist places a very thin titanium screw into the jaw, this is why there is no grafting or surgery needed. Even if you have a very weak jaw bone density, the dentist can place the titanium screw diagonally into the jaw, until it can reach healthy bone.
Affordable mini implants are available at dental schools, where the treatments are provided by dental students. You do not have to worry about the quality of the treatment, because students work under the close supervision of expert dentists.
In such places you can get dental implants at even 50% less than regular dental implants, although you might have to be put on a waiting list (there are certain criteria that must be fulfilled, such as being uninsured, or living on a low income!)