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 precisely 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 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, whereas the dental implants do not have a time limit.

During childhood, losing teeth is celebrated; However, the loss of teeth during … 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 outlined 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 his 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 floating 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 don't 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 don't forget to order … 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

Without much knowledge of dentistry, it is unlikely that you will have more than a passing knowledge of what the difference between crowns and implants are, and no real knowledge of when either one is appropriate.

As you would imagine, crowns are basically coverings that are placed over unhealthy teeth in order to retain a biting surface and attractive appearance. They also help to support surrounding teeth and guard against the gum disease and bone loss that can be caused by missing teeth. Implants, on the other hand, are where a metal rod is inserted into the actual jaw bone which then fuses with it, and replacement teeth are attached to the part of the rod which protrudes above the gum line.

So if you have missing or unhealthy teeth, which do you choose? Generally, if your teeth are completely missing you will need to get implants. Crowns require there to be at least some of the tooth structure remaining. If you have some of the tooth remaining, there may be a case to have either a crown or an implant. Crowns function better the more of the original tooth remains, so generally if quite a large portion of healthy tooth remains your dentist will advise you to have a crown rather than an implant.

It is possible for a crown to be installed on top of a very unhealthy or rotten tooth, but the remaining tooth will have to be built-up with other materials on top of which the crown can effectively rest. A crown can't just cover up empty space, so material such as amalgam or composite resin, or in some cases a post and core can be used to build up the tooth in preparation for a crown. If a post and core is required, it is … Read the rest