Dental implants from our Albuquerque, NM, dental practice offer the most stable and close-to-natural tooth replacement available. These biocompatible titanium posts will replace your tooth roots to support a permanent, custom-crafted restoration such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Dr. James Slaman will use the latest technology to plan your dental implants treatment to ensure a comfortable restoration and a natural-looking smile. He also offers a full range of implant options, including traditional, All-on-4®, and immediate load implants.
Dr. Slaman will use our advanced GALILEOS ComfortPLUS cone beam imaging to capture 3-D images of your jaw.
Candidates for Implants
Implants will be permanently set in your jawbone. As the bone tissue heals around the metal posts, they will become a fixed part of your oral structure. Because of this process, it is essential that candidates for dental implants have enough bone tissue to support the posts. Fortunately, if your jaw has started to recede because of tooth loss, a bone graft can often restore your candidacy. Dr. Slaman will use our advanced GALILEOS ComfortPLUS cone beam imaging to capture 3-D images of your jaw. Then he can look for signs of bone recession. If you require a bone graft, he may refer you to a specialist for treatment, or he may perform your procedure here in the office. The 3-D images will also enable him to create a unique treatment plan.
Dental Implant Basics
Dental Implants are the gold standard in teeth replacement, providing unrivaled support and aesthetics. Dr. James Slaman describes the basics of dental implants, which he is able to place at his Albuquerque, NM, office.
Your Dental Implant Options
When developing your treatment plan, Dr. Slaman will choose the right type of implants for your needs. Traditional implants may be appropriate if you are going to receive an implant-supported crown and you do not have significant bone loss. If you are going to receive implant-supported dentures, you may benefit from All-on-4® implants. These smaller posts will go in at a slight angle. In this way, they can create a strong base for your denture with reduced impact to your jaw. In many cases, we can also provide immediate placement implants, attaching your restoration on the same day as your surgery. In these cases, Dr. Slaman will collaborate with an oral surgeon or periodontist.
Note that we do not offer mini implants. Dr. Slaman believes that traditional implants are much more secure and will provide more durable treatment results.
Placing and Restoring Your Implants
Dr. Slaman typically performs dental implant surgery on an outpatient basis using oral conscious sedation. Though you will technically be awake, you will be very relaxed and unaware of what is going on during your treatment. After the medications take effect, Dr. Slaman will make incisions in your gums and precisely place the implants in your jaw according to his surgical plan.
It will usually take about 4 to 6 months for your bone to fuse around the posts. During this time, Dr. Slaman will send impressions of your gums to our partner lab. Then technicians will create a restoration that fits comfortably and matches the contours of your mouth. We will also provide a provisional restoration. Not only will it fill in the gap in your smile, but it will also train and reshape the surrounding gum tissue so that your final restoration will fit more securely. This is accomplished using a customized impression technique to transfer the information to the dental lab so a technician can replicate the proper tissue. After the implants are securely integrated with your jaw, you will return for a second minor surgery to uncover the implants from your gums. There will be a second, shorter healing period for your gums to close around the implants. Then Dr. Slaman can attach your permanent restoration and complete your treatment.
Why Choose Dr. Slaman for Your Implants Treatment?
Dr. Slaman is committed to continuing education, including classes in dental implants. Four times a year, he meets with the Rio Grande Implants Study Club for hands-on training. Thanks to this experience, he can provide you with effective care and the latest implant techniques.
Dr. Slaman also has an eye for aesthetics. He will make sure that your restoration has a beautiful, lifelike appearance, particularly if it will be visible when you smile. After supplying your temporary restoration, he will contour your gum line for greater definition and a more realistic effect.