Dental implants replace one, or more, missing teeth and restore function to the mouth. Dental implants are similar to small screws and are surgically embedded in the jaw. The implant posts fuse to the natural bone tissue and become part of the natural anatomy. The dental implant is placed behind the gums to provide realistic looking results in the mouth. Dental implant options include crowns and bridges. A dental crown is a single implant on a tooth while a dental bridge is multiple implants across several teeth. Dental implants are sturdy, do not shift out of place and preserve tooth alignment. They look, feel and function like the natural teeth of a patient.