Dental Implants vs. Dentures & Dental Bridges

Replace Missing Teeth with Our West Sayville Dentist!

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are multiple options available to patients. The most common options include dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges. Our dentist will discuss your goals and recommend the best option based on your oral health.

Our dentist in Long Island offers various tooth replacement options. Contact Dr. Sigismondi today by calling 631-563-1583 to learn more about your options.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically placed into your jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. They’re made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that fuses with the jawbone over time. While dental implants are considered one of the best tooth replacement options, they may not be for everyone.

If our dentist determines that dental implants aren’t the best choice, he’ll go over your other tooth replacement options. With over 40 years of experience in dentistry, you can trust Dr. Sigismondi to recommend the best treatment for your oral health. 

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Dental Implants Alternatives 


Dentures are a traditional option for replacing missing teeth. They consist of a set of artificial teeth mounted on a removable acrylic base that fits over the gums. Dentures are a good option for patients missing most or all of their natural teeth, as they can replace an entire arch. They’re also relatively inexpensive and made quickly. 

However, dentures can be uncomfortable and may not fit well, causing irritation and soreness. They can also slip and move around in the mouth, making it difficult to eat and speak.

Depending on the patient’s needs, there are multiple denture options available, including:

  • Full dentures
  • Partial dentures
  • Implant-supported dentures

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a tooth replacement anchored in place by the teeth on either side of the gap. A bridge is typically made of porcelain or ceramic and is custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth. They’re good options for patients who are missing one or a few teeth and have healthy teeth on either side of the gap. Dental bridges are less expensive than dental implants, but they do require healthy, natural teeth to be altered to support the bridge.

Is Doing Nothing an Option?

Doing nothing is technically an option when it comes to missing teeth, but it’s generally not recommended for several reasons:

  1. Missing teeth can cause several problems for the remaining teeth and the jawbone. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth can shift to fill the gap, leading to misalignment and bite problems. Additionally, the jawbone can shrink and deteriorate if it’s not supporting a tooth, causing the face to appear sunken and aged.
  2. Lost teeth can make it difficult to chew and speak properly. This can lead to trouble eating certain foods and speaking clearly, affecting the quality of life.
  3. Missing teeth can harm self-esteem and social interactions. People may feel self-conscious about their appearance and avoid smiling or speaking in public.

Scheduling a consultation with our Sayville dentist will help you understand which option is best for your specific needs and circumstances.

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Richard M. Sigismondi, DMD, P.C.

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West Sayville, NY 11796

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