Up until about the late 80’s, the only options we had for replacing missing teeth were dentures and bridges. These remain effective treatment options, even in the 21st century. Dental implants, on the other hand, are meant to be a full tooth replacement, with an artificial root planted in the bone as well as a crown that is meant to simulate natural enamel. You can think of it as a “bionic” tooth. It will look and feel just like a tooth.