Dental Implants Vs. Dentures

Which is the best option for replacing missing teeth?

If you have missing teeth, there’s great news. You have more options than ever before. This means it’s easier and more affordable to find the best replacement option for you.

Which is best? That depends on a number of factors. When you visit Donna Vagnozzi-Bucci, DMD in Pennington, New Jersey, we’ll evaluate your condition and present you with all the options. Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci will help you evaluate the pros and cons of each option and choose which is best for you.

Deciding whether you should go with dental implants or another alternative usually comes down to a few factors:
1. Cost
2. Treatment time
3. Health / oral condition
4. Personal preference

Comparing Options: Dental Implants vs. Dentures vs. Bridges

Dental Implants

Dental implants are quickly becoming the gold standard in tooth replacement because they:

  • Look and feel the most like natural teeth
  • Allow for full chewing function
  • Provide long-term stability
  • Integrate with living bone
  • Can be used to replace one or more missing teeth

If you are missing all of your teeth (or need to have all of your teeth replaced), you can choose either a traditional removable denture, or a dental implant supported overdenture.

Unlike removable dentures, an implant secured overdenture won’t move or shift. It will also provide full support and stability to help you regain complete and natural chewing function. Perhaps the greatest benefit is that dental implants help reduce bone loss, which occurs when there are missing teeth. Over time, the bone deteriorates and causes pre-mature aging, additional tooth loss, and other problems. Because the dental implant integrates with the living bone, it provides a stimulus to retain bone and promote a healthier, more stable facial structure.


For nearly a century, dental bridgework has been the standard treatment for the replacement of one or more teeth. Traditionally, a dental bridge is a three-unit restoration that requires filing down and placing dental crowns on two teeth – one on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth (or teeth).

While a dental bridge usually costs less than a dental implant, there are a number of disadvantages:

  • Must be stabilized by adjacent teeth, which requires filing down otherwise healthy teeth
  • Tooth decay is a common problem on crowned teeth or teeth adjacent to the bridge
  • Root canal treatment may be necessary
  • Less longevity of dental bridge compared to dental implant

As it turns out, over time, a dental implant is the most cost-effective tooth replacement option. Dental implants help to promote the health of neighboring teeth, as well as better bone and gum health. In general, dental implants also last longer and require less maintenance.

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  • You have been such a great support in the care for our mother over these years. I wanted to keep her pain free and you helped us with that. The last miraculous feat was the saving of that front tooth that broke. It made me smile because she hated that her teeth were discolored. She would have LOVED that shiny white tooth!! Thank you for that and, for contributing to alzheimer's research in her name.


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  • Everything is great and the service is amazing. This is the reason I drive over 1.5 hours each way to receive dental care there.

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  • I’ve been going to Dr. Vagnozzi since she opened her practice. Everyone is amazing! Dr. Vagnozzi takes her time and really pays attention to detail. I always feel like she is giving me the best advice!

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  • I didn’t go to the dentist for a while because I had bad experiences. Then a friend referred me to the Spa Dentistry office. I usually see Dr. Silk. I have a lot of confidence in him and am very comfortable with everyone in the office now. The office is beautiful and comfortable. Everyone is friendly and professional and always makes you feel comfortable. I had two bridges done that have worked out great! I highly recommend the dental group to anyone because they are very personable and always make me feel comfortable.

    Robert T.

  • Just a little note of thanks for taking the time to deal with my big baby! He is terrified of the dentist and you made it a bit less scary for him. The tender pampering you and your staff offer goes a long way! Thanks a million.

    Kim and Ian

  • I have been a patient of Dr. Vagnozzi Bucci Spa Dental Practice since April 2002 and I’m extremely happy. I have dental insurance that I cannot use at the office however, I still choose to go there. The whole staff is superior in their technical abilities, attitude and professionalism. Every procedure I have had done there has exceeded my expectations. Painless dentistry at its finest. I can not use enough adjectives to describe and praise these doctors and professional staff. It’s not the dentistry you remember from your childhood; this is the dental practice of the future.

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  • I just wanted to thank all of you for taking such good care of my aunt while she and my uncle were in the states from Australia. They were thrilled with her new teeth and told us you were amazing! I know medical/dental care is no where near as good in the U.K. or Australia as it is here, so I am glad if she had to have treatment, it was done by you. Thanks you again; I owe you one, but hope you don’t need any physical therapy anytime soon...

    David, Priscilla and Lynn

  • I want to thank you for going out of your way countless times to correct and fix my two permanent crowns. It is rare to meet a person of your character. I am lucky to have you and your magnificent staff care for me.