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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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