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Missing Teeth

Tooth loss doesn’t only put your smile at risk — it can have adverse effects on your jaw health and overall well-being.

Fortunately, Dr. James Slaman offers a suite of treatments designed to address tooth loss, including dental implants and dentures.

Learn more about the ways our Albuquerque, NM, practice helps patients just like you with one or more missing teeth.

What to Do If a Tooth
Has Been Knocked Out

  • Pick up the tooth by the chewing surface instead of the root
  • Rinse the tooth with clean water
  • Place the tooth back in the socket if possible
  • If you can't resocket the tooth, tuck the tooth in your mouth against the inside of your cheek or put it in a cup of milk
  • See a dentist as soon as possible

Missing Teeth? You're Not Alone or Without a Solution

120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth — a figure that’s expected to trend upward in the next few decades.*

* According to the American College of Prosthodontists

In addition to the 120 million individuals missing at least one tooth, 36 million Americans do not have any teeth at all.

Replace Your Missing Teeth
With Our Dental Team in Albuquerque, NM

Whether you're suffering from periodontal disease, physical trauma, or other health complications, time is of the essence. However, it's not enough to address the cosmetic aspects of your smile.

When treating tooth loss, it’s important to partner with a team of professionals you can trust. Dr. James Slaman and his team in Albuquerque, NM, offer dental implants, bridges, dentures, and other treatments that look like your natural teeth and offer long-term durability.

To request a consultation with Dr. Slaman, contact us today.

(505) 881-7586


Why Turn to Dr. Slaman?

If you are missing teeth, it’s important to choose a dentist you can trust. Here’s what sets Dr. Slaman and his associates in Albuquerque apart:

  • Experience and Education: With over two decades of practicing dentistry, Dr. Slaman has the expertise needed to create an effective, customized treatment plan just for you. His emphasis on continued education keeps him ahead of the curve on best practices and new techniques to give you the modern solutions you deserve.
  • A Focus on Patient Comfort: We know that going to the dentist can be anxiety-inducing. However, our facility has amenities designed for your relaxation, comfort, and enjoyment, including everything from warm blankets and headphones to complimentary refreshments.
  • Dentistry That Builds Community: An Albuquerque native, Dr. Slaman values the relationships built with friends and neighbors just like you. With customized solutions and a dedication to your oral health, you’ll benefit from a practice that invests in your well-being for the long term.

"Every single person that works here is top notch." 5-Star Reviews From Our Albuquerque, NM, Patients


Nelson Bennett


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Absolutely fantastic dental experience.  Every single person that works here is top notch.  The front desk personnel all the way up to Dr. Slaman.  I’ve never had even the slightest negative experience.  Courteous and friendly every single time.  Flexible and helpful.  I just can’t say enough.  Dr. Slaman’s office is first class dental care.

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Brooklyn Bella


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This is the perfect place to go for perfect dentistry. The care given to patients is outstanding and Dr Slaman is probably one of the best dentists in the country. His skills are remarkable and the office presents the newest and most up-to-date equipment.  All your dental needs will be met and you should be extremely happy with the results.

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Bridges and Dentures

Dental Bridges

A bridge is made up of one or two false teeth that are supported by retainer crowns. These retainer crowns can cap natural teeth on either side of the tooth gap or be supported by implants. Bridges can help restore your bite, smile, and overall health.


Dentures are dental prosthetics for people missing most or all of their teeth. Full and partial dentures are held in place by bracing around the jaw, gum, and bone of the dental arch. Our dentists will craft dentures customized to your mouth.

Dental Implant Options

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots designed to support a crown, bridge, or denture. According to a recent study, over 3 million dental implants are placed annually in the United States.

If you choose to explore dental implants to replace missing teeth, it’s crucial to understand how they work. Advances in modern dentistry make it possible to replace one, multiple, or all of your teeth with implants.

Implant-Supported Crown

If you are missing a single tooth, a dental implant will be surgically placed in the tooth gap. The implant will require about three to six months to heal properly. Then, a small connector — called an abutment — will be attached. A dental crown, crafted to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding natural teeth, is attached to the abutment to complete the implant restoration.

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Implant-Supported Dental Bridge

Two or more consecutive teeth can be replaced with a bridge supported by dental implants. Instead of replacing each tooth with a single dental implant, we will surgically place at least two implants on either side of the gap, which will support the dental bridge. A bridge su[ported by dental implants will prevent bone loss while resembling natural teeth.

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Implant-Supported Dentures

Dentures retained with implants are an ideal option for patients missing most or all of their teeth. A bar-retained denture requires two to five implants placed in the jawbone, while a ball-retained denture may require several implants. We can discuss the ideal implant option for your needs during a consultation.

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Picking the Right Dental Implant Option

When you turn to our practice for implants or other restorative treatments, you can feel confident that you've partnered with dental professionals who care about your health. We have the skills and resources to develop a treatment that's right for you.

Will I Be Sedated While Getting a Dental Implant?

If you are considering dental implant surgery, you may feel a degree of distress or anxiety about the procedure — or even just visiting a dentist in the first place. However, our Albuquerque, NM, dentistry practice uses a sedation method that ensures you don’t experience the discomfort you may be worried about.

We use conscious sedation designed to make you feel at ease during dental implant surgery. While you will still be awake under conscious sedation, the medication used causes drowsiness and works to eliminate feelings of stress.

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"Dr. Slaman and all of his staff are absolutely phenomenal." More High Praise From Our Satisfied Patients


Rebekah Manning


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Dr. Slaman and all of his staff are absolutely phenomenal. I have some pretty severe dental related problems and his entire staff handles it so well and with such grace. It's been really great to have such a supportive care team, and staying up on the latest technology for the clinic is also super helpful! I would absolutely recommend anyone come here for their dental care.

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Liz Carroll


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My experience with Dr. Slaman and his assistant was remarkable. I was treated with respect and they were very professional making sure that I was okay throughout the whole procedure.  I love my teeth!  Thanks Dr. Slaman and associates.

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How Much Does It Cost to Replace Missing Teeth?

If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, your appearance and oral health aren’t the only concerns that may come to mind. You may be wondering how much the procedure will cost.

The truth is, the cost of replacing a missing tooth will depend on the treatment option you move forward with, as well as the materials used for the restoration. 

Fortunately, our Albuquerque dentists offer financing options — including CareCredit® and in-office payment plans – that help you manage out-of-pocket expenses.

Dr. James Slaman DDS

James Slaman, DDS, PC

Dr. James Slaman specializes in cosmetic dentistry and offers a full selection of general and restorative treatments. Dr. Slaman is a member of various professional associations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Spear Faculty Club​

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

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