When someone is missing a tooth, there are several options for replacing it, and a dental implant is often the best solution. Dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth that we can give to a patient. The implant itself mimics the root of a tooth by being placed in a patient’s jaw bone, and a crown is secured on top of the implant to look and function like a natural tooth. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, to secure a denture, or to replace an entire arch of teeth. Implants are one of the most reliable procedures performed in dentistry, and have many advantages over the other tooth replacement options. Implants require a conservative surgical procedure to place the implant into the patient’s jaw. This heals for several months, and then the final crown can be attached to the implant. These implants blend seamlessly into a patient’s smile, and are indistinguishable from the surrounding natural teeth.