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Dental Implants

Tooth loss can seriously affect your smile, making important functions like eating, speaking, and smiling difficult.

Fortunately, Dr. James Slaman in Albuquerque, NM, coordinates dental implant treatment, the single best tooth replacement solution.

What are the advantages of dental implants versus other restorative dentistry solutions? 

How Implant Restorations Work

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Replacing a tooth using this solution involves three components: implants, abutments, and restorations. Implant-supported restorations are the most stable solution for missing teeth because they replace the entire tooth from root to crown.

Dental Implant Candidacy, Placement, & Recovery

Dr. James Slaman discusses dental implant candidacy, placement, and recovery. We use 3D imaging and design to replace one or more missing teeth. After placement, healing takes at least 8-12 weeks.

Why Choose Dr. Slaman?

Dr. James Slaman has served the Albuquerque, NM, community with exceptional dental care since 1992. Over this time, dentistry has evolved significantly, leading to incredible advancements in tooth replacement options. Dedicated to improving his craft and continuing education, Dr. Slaman stays on the cutting edge of his field to help patients experience the best possible benefits of dental implants. We approach each case with the highest standards of perfectionism to ensure the success of the procedure and your satisfaction. Contact us today to schedule your  dental implants consultation. You can reach our office online or by calling

(505) 881-7586

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Dr. Slaman has served Albuquerque for over 25 years.

"the best dentist in Albuquerque."


John Geruntho


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Dr. Slaman is great, probably the best dentist in Albuquerque. His staff is also the best. I highly recommend him if you are looking for a dentist. Thank you Dr. Slaman for the excellent care you have provided for me and my family over the years.

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Team Slaman is absolutely top notch! The staff is friendly, professional and thorough! I have spent an inordinate amount of time in the dentists’s chair having had to have several complex procedures. All of the work has been done to perfection with virtually no discomfort!!! Dr. Slaman and his team should be your first choice for complete dental care!!!!!

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Did you know tooth loss can cause serious oral health problems?

Implants Help You Protect Your Oral Health

​Many of our Albuquerque patients hesitate at the thought of dental implants when nonsurgical tooth replacement alternatives are available. However, you must consider the important long-term health benefits that come with implant treatment:

Jawbone Protection

Traditional dental crowns, bridges, and dentures only replace the visible part of the tooth. Without a tooth root, the jaw will begin to atrophy (shrink and change shape). Dental implants act as prosthetic tooth roots, providing the stimulation necessary to prevent bone recession.

Maintain A Youthful Appearance

Patients who have been missing teeth for a long time may develop a sunken, aged facial appearance. Dental implants can help you retain a healthy-looking facial structure. 

Prevent Oral Health Issues

Dental implants can correct your occlusion and prevent temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and the loss of other teeth.

Implant-Supported Dentures Are a Life-Changing Solution for Tooth Loss

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If you wear dentures, you understand how frustrating it can be trying to keep them securely in place as you chew and speak. Meanwhile, they constantly need adjustments to accommodate changes in your jaw and avoid irritating your gums. Implant dentures eliminate these problems so you can eat any foods you want, speak with absolute clarity, and maintain an excellent fit. Talk to Dr. Slaman about how this solution can allow you to stop suffering and start enjoying a better quality of life.

Dental Implant Basics

For the right candidates, dental Implants are the very best teeth replacement solution, providing excellent support and aesthetics. Dr. James Slaman in Albuquerque, NM, explains the basics of dental implants.

We Restore Teeth With Same-Day Implants

Often, Dr. Slaman can place an implant-supported restoration on the same day as your implant surgery. Traditionally, placing and restoring dental implants is a process that can span more than six months. However, if we find that you are a candidate for same-day implants, we can coordinate with area specialists to both place your implant and attach a restoration in one day.

During your consultation with Dr. Slaman, we will assess your oral health, your specific oral health needs, and other factors to determine if you qualify for a same-day implant and restoration.

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What if my jaw can't support implants?

Preparatory Dental Procedures

Some patients may require preparatory procedures before they can receive implants. Patients who require this treatment have generally been missing teeth for an extended period of time, resulting in jawbone deterioration. A bone graft can replace lost bone tissue in the jaw to create a stable foundation for implants. If your sinuses are too close to the treatment area, a sinus lift can reposition the soft tissues by adding bone tissue to the upper jaw and making it possible to accommodate implants.

Are you looking to skip preparatory treatment?

Consider All-on-4 Implants


If you have already suffered significant jaw recession from tooth loss, you may be able to forgo a bone graft thanks to All-on-4 dental implants. Taking this approach, four implants can support a complete denture; they are placed at special angles to achieve maximum contact with remaining bone tissue, which helps many who would otherwise require a bone graft experience the benefits of dental implants right away. An added advantage of this option is the fact that they can often support a denture immediately following placement.

 Dr. Slaman can assess your candidacy for All-on-4 during a consultation at his Albuquerque office.

Using the Latest Technology  To Plan Implant Placement

From the start of your dental implant treatment, we begin planning with the utmost care and high-tech tools. Dr. Slaman will use our advanced GALILEOS® ComfortPLUS cone beam imaging system to capture 3-D images of your jaw. This tool provides high-definition images of each tooth, your jaws, and other oral structures so we can accurately assess your candidacy and plan your treatment.

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This is a very fine practice. They utilize state-of-the-art equipment and are taking all precautions to provide a sanitary environment. Dr. Slaman and his entire staff are most professional, gentle and accommodating. My oral health has greatly improved for having become a patient of theirs. Amy Kennedy

The Treatment Timeline

In some cases, Dr. Slaman can place an implant-supported restoration on the same day as your implant surgery.
In some cases, Dr. Slaman can place an implant-supported restoration on the same day as your implant surgery.


Oral conscious sedation is used to help patients achieve a deeply relaxed state of near-sleep. Local anesthetic is used to minimize any discomfort at the treatment site.

Implant Surgery

Next, incisions are placed in the gums and the titanium implants are placed in the jawbone. As you heal over the next four to six months, the implants will fuse to the jaw in a process called osseointegration.

Temporary Restoration

While you are healing, you will wear a temporary restoration.  In the meantime, Dr. Slaman will work with our partner lab to craft your permanent restoration.


After osseointegration is complete, you will undergo a second minor surgery to place abutments. Abutments connect your implant-supported restoration to the titanium implants. 

Final Placement

In a few weeks, after your gums have healed, you will be ready for your permanent restoration. Dr. Slaman will check the appearance and fit of the implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture and make any necessary adjustments before attaching the restoration securely to your abutments. 

The Results Are Incredibly Natural-Looking

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Before The dental implant replaces the tooth root and creates a reliable foundation.
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After You implant-supported crown will look indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Ready To Get Started On Your Dental Implants?

If you are ready to restore missing teeth and improve your quality of life, schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, practice today. We look forward to helping you regain your dental function and confidence with dental implants. Get started by contacting our practice online, or by calling:

(505) 881-7586

What Do Dental Implants Cost?

The price of dental implants can vary significantly from one patient to the next, depending on several factors: the number of implants you need, the type of restoration you require, and any treatments that will have to be performed prior to receiving your implants. In order to get a precise cost estimate, Dr. Slaman will first need to assess your smile and oral health at our Albuquerque, NM, practice. Implants are not covered by insurance, but your restorations and any necessary bone grafting might qualify. We offer CareCredit® financing to help you budget for any out-of-pocket costs.

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"I highly recommend Dr. Slaman..."


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Without a doubt the best dental practice in the Albuquerque area. Dr. Slaman is highly competent and personable. His staff is, without exception, kind, considerate and just plain nice! The whole experience is geared to putting the patient at ease knowing care is first rate. I felt like I was treated to the VIP level at all times. It is rare to find an entire organization where you can’t find a single suggestion for improvement, but the Dr. Slaman team is as near to perfect as you can get!

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After doing much research looking for a dentist, I luckily found Dr. Slaman. Numerous positive reviews about him was the reason I decided to see him. He has a modern office with the most up to date advanced dental technology. Dr. Slaman and his staff are warm, friendly and professional. I only wish I had known about Dr. James Slaman DDS, PC a long time ago. I highly recommend Dr. Slaman.

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Dr. James Slaman DDS, PC

Dr. James Slaman, DDS, specializes in cosmetic dentistry. Our dentist and his staff of compassionate dental professionals provide the community of Albuquerque a full selection of general and restorative treatments. Dr. Slaman is a member of a number of professional associations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry

To schedule an appointment at our Albuquerque, NM, dental office, contact us online or call (505) 881-7586.

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