Think of implants as a perfect alternative to partials and dentures. For some people, dental implants offer the possibility of a smile that looks and feels natural. An implant is surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments. Implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture. Since the implant fuses to the bone, it offers stability that conventional dentures or bridges do not offer. It also offers a more secure fit than either of the older alternatives.