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  • Your pearly whites and healthy pink gums are the indicators of your overall good health. Experts say poor oral health can increase your risk of stroke, heart attack, premature birth, diabetes, arthritis and even Alzheimer’s disease.

    If your poor dental structure is having a detrimental effect on your physical and mental health then there are a variety of restorations available in cosmetic dentistry that are so effective and worth your attention. And, E-max dental crown is one of them.

    An E-max dental crown is an innovative all-ceramic dental restoration which can help you to improve the size, shape, strength, and appearance of your teeth which have become damaged or broken. As opposed to replacing the damaged tooth, a crown completely covers your existing tooth and provides outstanding esthetics, strength while preserving its usefulness.

    A newer inclusion in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, the E-max dental crown is preferred for its properties like highly attractive aesthetic appearance, longer lasting toughness and durability.

    To produce E-max restorations lab technicians use lithium disilicate, a high strength ceramic material that achieves a very high translucency. The lab technicians use this high-strength material in conjunction with either the PRESS technique or the CAD/CAM applications. This glass ceramic material is delicate in appearance yet very strong and tough to withstand the biting and chewing pressure. Besides, it provides an exact color match with your own natural teeth.

    E.max lithium disilicate can be used as:

    Single-tooth restorations in the posterior and anterior region

    Inlays/onlays

    Thin veneers

    Partial crowns

    Anterior/premolar bridges

    Crowns on implants

    Advantages

    The key advantage of E-Max crowns is that they are durable due to the high strength. The e.max lithium disilicate restorations replicate natural tooth structure without looking fake. With an appealing translucent color, these caps are indistinguishable from your real teeth.

    Apart from the … Read the rest

  • As more and more dental procedures get performed in the US with implants and cosmetic dentistry, one of the main goals is to perform them in a single setting. Typically, different types of dental restorations, including veneers, crowns, orthodontic appliances, bridges, inlays and onlays take multiple stages to complete.

    CAD is short for Computer Aided Design and CAM means Computer Aided Manufacturing. Prior to the mid 1980’s, neither existed for dentistry. As they began usage in the field of dental medicine in that decade, the technology was brand new, requiring way too much time to actually make something useful.

    Because of this, it was relegated to the dental fabrication laboratory, rather than in the actual dental practice. As software and hardware improved over the next decade, utilization in the actual practice became a reality. Thus implants can be made in the office that are aesthetic, durable, and well fitting in a matter of hours instead of days.

    Prior to CAD/CAM, a lot of dental restorations required temporary implants. Crowns for instance, necessitated placement of a temporary implant for several weeks. Then it was removed after the permanent crown was fabricated in a laboratory, shipped in, and then placed. The bonding material sets within hours, so the newest methods with CAD/CAM truly takes only one setting for the procedure.

    So how does the CAD/CAM process work? The restorations are fabricated from solid blocks of white porcelain or composite resin. This is called milling and matches the shade of the restored tooth. So there are quite a few shades of white from which to choose. Once an image is take of the problem tooth, the computer uses the image with its software to create a fix for the “problem” which is a virtual restoration.

    The software takes this data and sends it … Read the rest

  • Of all cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry are the most sought after treatment. Over the last few years, implant dentistry has become so popular that more and more people are opting to improve their appearance, confidence and smile.

    This type of dentistry is mainly used in replacing a missing tooth. However, apart from replacing a missing tooth, implants also improves your smile, self confidence, looks, and the way you speak.

    Before you decide to have implant dentistry done, take a look at the following 9 myths explained.

    1. Any dentist can perform the procedure Implant dentistry is a very technique-sensitive and skilled procedure that requires several years of practicing to perfect. Most people think that all dentists can place implants, where in fact, only periodontists and oral surgeons are trained for this during their schooling. These are the only dental specialists you need to consider when you require implant dentistry.

    2. Dental implants require heavy maintenance

    They function the same way as normal teeth and therefore, require no more maintenance as the surrounding teeth. Regular brushing and flossing should do the trick.

    3. The placement of implants is painful

    The fact is, if done correctly, implant dentistry can be one of the least painful procedures. During the placement of dental implants, the patient remains under anesthesia, so the procedure is essentially pain free. However, during recovery, patients may experience mild soreness and discomfort near the affected area. This is temporary.

    4. Implant dentistry is costly

    Dental implants are not cheap. However, taking into consideration, that the implants are designed to last a lifetime, not only is it an affordable treatment option, but also a great investment.

    5. Dental implants are not for old people

    Implants are just as successful in older patients as in youngger patients. In fact, dental implants are … Read the rest

  • Using dental implants to replace missing teeth is the ideal solution for a patient who lost has his teeth due to trauma, decay, or because of the periodontal disease. It provides a natural look and feel without the need for a dentist to alter the existing healthy teeth. When dental implants are used to replace the missing teeth, they allow for better stimulation against the jawbone.

    Dental implants are the preferred method of repair, in comparison to dentures. This is actually because a dentist can treat several missing teeth with the dental implants. This procedure will provide dental patients with a permanent fix, unlike those who use dentures that continuously move around the mouth – or potentially potentially fall out at an inopportune time. Using implants can help prevent bone deterioration; This method also helps to preserve the jawbone and typically lasts a lifetime.

    Dental implants are also preferred over dental bridges because of the drawbacks that come with using a bridge. It is a misconception that a bridge is a cost-efficient procedure, in comparison to dental implants. A bridge can only be used if healthy teeth are adjacent. Those healthy teeth must be capped down in order to support the bridge. Over time, those capped teeth will weaken, and eventually begin to fail, which will create the need to have more dental work done. A bridge could end up costing a patient much more than the original amount in the long-run, but this is not the case with implants. Further, treating a tooth with a bridge may not be possible due to the size of the tooth and it needs to be replaced every five to seven years, where the dental implants do not have a time limit.

    During childhood, losing teeth is celebrated; however, the loss of teeth … Read the rest

  • Some people realize the benefits of having insurance but have a hard time understanding how it all works. Every dental plan is different depending on the insurance provider. There are some terms used in dental plans that are the same across all dental insurance plans. These terms may seem like a foreign language at first but understanding these terms can give a person a better understanding of how his or her insurance plan works and what is covered under the plan.

    The term deductibles is one that many people hear about with dental plans but are not quite sure what deductibles are. To put it simply, deductibles are the fees that a person will need to pay before the insurance company will take on the financial responsibility issued in the dental plan. The deductible amount varies among insurance companies and insurance plans. On average, less expensive dental plans will have higher deductibles while more expensive plans will have lower deductibles.

    Another term that some people may not be familiar with is insurance premiums. Insurance premiums are nothing more than the amount of money a person spends to secure the dental insurance plan. The amount of insurance premiums will depend on the dental insurance plan. Some insurance premiums are paid monthly while others can be bi-annually or annually. Failure to pay insurance premiums could result in cancellation of the dental insurance policy. Cancellation of a policy could also release the entire cost burden of dental work back to the individual.

    Maximum benefit amounts are also something a person should familiarize himself or herself with when it comes to insurance. While insurance will cover a person for a variety of dental work, there is a limit to how much the dental insurance will cover over a given policy term. This limit is … Read the rest

  • One common accident that occurs to a boxer is losing a tooth after a fight. Hard-knocking punches may have the power to break a boxer’s teeth. In case this happens, there is a dental remedy-using dental implants. Here are ways to be on your feet and teeth again.

    (1) Refrain from heavy training for a while. A boxer who loses not only the fight but also his teeth gets up with new strength: the capability to take much stronger punches. But this does not happen immediately; it takes a lot of proper rest and good mindset. The lost tooth or teeth can never be reinstalled. Preparing for a dental implant, a boxer needs to be in good health; he must stop from heavy training before (or after) the operation.

    (2) Go to a dentist. Dental implants are more durable than replacement teeth. Its root is made from titanium, a very strong metal; the artificial tooth is the same with the ones used in removable dentures (or maybe not). The operation involves money and time. After some preliminary examinations, a dentist drills hole in the jawbone. The screw then is inserted to act as implant root. After weeks (or maybe months, according to certain conditions), the artificial tooth/teeth and other things may be placed.

    (3) Time to heal. Placement of implant may take weeks and even months to totally heal and be able to withstand power punch. A boxer must eat healthy foods rich in calcium; abstain from training: it may cause defects in the implant and even to his general health.

    (4) Ready to box again. When teeth are ready, he must make sure the past accident never happens again. He must also have a regular check up with his dentist for more development. Also he must choose a durable … Read the rest

  • If you're planning a kitchen remodeling project, choosing the right flooring can make or break your kitchen design. When you discover how easy it can be to install laminate flooring and the low cost involved, you may want to think about doing a few more rooms in your home.

    Floating Laminate Flooring: DIY Friendly and Easy on the Budget

    Laminate flooring is sometimes called a floor floor as it is not attached to your sub-floor with adhesive or nails the way conventional hardwoods usually are – it's secured around the edges with trim at the room's baseboard. Installation is much the same as putting together a puzzle – the pieces just snap together. While solid hardwoods often require an experienced professional to put them down, just about any homeowner who can use a saw can install laminate flooring.

    It looks very similar to conventional hardwood, but because it's constructed in layers using very little actual hardwood, the material is a much greener product. It's also easier to clean up when you have kitchen spills and the padding underneath makes it less stressful on ankles and legs when you're doing some cooking after a long day at work.

    Laminate is offered in several styles such as:
    • Rough cut
    • Aged
    • A wide range of woods
    • Nail down or snap together

    It can be installed over just about any type of sub-floor including concrete and you do not have to worry about the wear and tear that pets and children can subject it to as the material carried. Laminate can range in thickness from 7 mm to 12 mm thick, with the thicker being more durable and more expensive.

    Laminate flooring is sold by the square foot with 19.5 square feet provided in each container and do not forget … Read the rest

  • A dental practice is sold for a variety of reasons: retirement, moving to another city, or even because of health issues. Regardless of the reason, it is critical to consider the tax ramifications of the sale. Depending on the type of assets sold, the seller can pay federal and state taxes of up to 40% of the gain. For example, a majority, if not the entire amount of the equipment sold is likely to be taxable at the highest rates for both individual and corporate owners. This is because most dental equipment is written off in the year of purchase or depreciated over a 5 to 7 year period. Therefore, there is usually a minimal amount of basis in the equipment at the time of sale.

    If a corporation owns real estate, the gain is taxed at the highest corporate rate. If an individual owns the real estate and leases it to the corporation or other legal entity, the tax on prior depreciation is 25% and the gain in excess of depreciation is 20%. Goodwill, patient records, and accounts receivable are also assets usually included in the sale of a dental practice and will be taxed at the 20% rate. Needless to say, the tax liability can be substantial resulting from an outright sale.

    Example of an outright sale of a practice and resulting tax liability::

    Equipment: $120,000 gain X 40% tax rate = $48,000

    Receivables: $ 20,000 gain X 20% tax rate = $ 4.000

    Records: $ 90,000 gain X 20% tax rate = $18,000

    Real Estate $250,000 gain X 20% tax rate = $50,000

    Goodwill $115,000 gain X 40% tax rate = $46,000

    As you can see, the total tax liability of $166,000 on this hypothetical sale is staggering, but there is a way to defer these taxes … Read the rest

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    YOUR HEAD
    UP AND BE PATIENT.

    Claritas est etiam processus dynamicus, qui sequitur mutationem consuetudium lectorum.
    Mirum est notare quam littera gothica, quam nunc putamus parum claram,
    anteposuerit litterarum formas humanitatis pe. Eodem modo typi,
    qui nunc nobis videntur parum clari, fiant sollemnes in futurum."
    Rodney Stratton
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    LEARNT TO BE
    EVEN MORE PATIENT.

    Claritas est etiam processus dynamicus, qui sequitur mutationem consuetudium lectorum.
    Mirum est notare quam littera gothica, quam nunc putamus parum claram,
    anteposuerit litterarum formas humanitatis pe. Eodem modo typi,
    qui nunc nobis videntur parum clari, fiant sollemnes in futurum."
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    BEST TO GO.

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