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Don’t Want To Wear Dentures? Dental Implants Fit and Function like Natural Teeth

Don’t Want To Wear Dentures? Dental Implants Fit and Function like Natural Teeth

Through the entirety of our lifetimes, our teeth change. We lose our first set as children, and consider that the end of replacements. However, whether through dietary consequences or other factors, sometimes we need to replace our teeth. Dentures have been the traditional method of filling in the gaps, but they come with their own problems. Dental implants work under the same concept as dentures, but without the drawbacks. Here are 7 reasons why dental implants are a great option for teeth replacement.

A Long-Term Solution

Denture structures are generally meant to be worn for seven to ten years before needing to be remolded and replaced. Dental implants, however, do not need to be removed, and are made to be permanent replacements. While it may be necessary to have them adjusted as your natural teeth shift around them, they require far less maintenance.

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Maintain Your Speech Levels

When you insert dentures, your mouth must adjust to the new device. It may be an uncomfortable experience, and adding to that is how your speech will be affected. It may be hard to hold simple conversations simply because your mouth cannot move like in its previous state. Because implants function the same as your other, natural teeth, this is not an issue.

Eat all the Foods You Love

Much like braces, there are restrictions on what foods you can eat while wearing your dentures. Whether you worry food will be too hard for you to bite or cause the dentures to loosen, you have to rearrange your food choices. Implants allows you to bite and chew as you naturally would, so there are no limits on what you can eat.

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Better Oral Health Overall

According to dentistsclinic.com.au, because dental implants work like natural teeth, you’ll only need to go to the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. They also have a surgery success rate of over 96%. While your dentist might give you a specific routine to follow (i.e. using an antibacterial mouthwash to prevent possible infection), you can maintain your implants with the same proper oral hygiene procedures as your natural teeth. Brushing, rinsing, and flossing can continue to be part of your daily routine. Because the dental implants are securely attached, you won’t have to worry about pulling it loose or out.

Protect Your Natural Teeth and Jaw

If you don’t replace your teeth, you run the risk of causing even more damage to your mouth. Your teeth will try to move into the open space, tilting at angles that will require further, more complicated surgeries. There is also the chance of bone deterioration as the bones in the jaw weaken without teeth to support it. Dental implants have been shown to not only stop the deterioration, but to also prevent further bone loss and stimulate bone growth. In this capacity, the dental implants are both replacements and a preventative treatment.

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They Won’t Fall Out

Dental implants are formed and anchored into your jawline. Because they are anchored into your natural bone, they will not slip or fall out like dentures. While the actual procedure might sound painful, the effects are quite easy and you’ll find the transition period short. With implants, you won’t have to worry about sneezing too hard, eating gooey foods, or using sticky denture adhesives. As the surgery sites heal over time, your dentures eventually fuse with your jawbone. This added security makes them more like real teeth, so you can smile, talk, and eat without anyone suspecting that you even have the implants.

Smile Without Worrying About Your Appearance

When you’re missing teeth, it’s hard to smile. But even without smiling, our teeth play a vital role in our appearance. The loss of teeth (and bone density) will cause the skin around your face to become more loose, and look sunken. Generally, this creates a sad appearance that could contribute to embarrassment and social awkwardness. Through the use of implants, you can retain your smile as well as maintain a youthful appearance. Studies have also shown that smiling helps in both social and professional situations. Smiling indicates that you’re confident, and can help you gain friends or that promotion.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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