Dental Implants Versus Removable Dentures: Which Is Right for Me?

 Dental Implants Versus Removable Dentures: Which Is Right for Me?

Everyone wants to have a complete and healthy smile, but most adults will lose at least one permanent tooth in their lifetime. After tooth loss occurs, it is important to start thinking about professional treatment options as soon as possible. Currently, two of the most popular restorative devices include dental implants and removable dentures. Here is a look at some of the pros and cons of these two devices and how you can choose between them. 

What Are Removable Dentures?
Removable dentures are a series of false teeth attached to a gum-colored base. For many years, dentures were the only treatment option for patients who lost permanent teeth or had them extracted. The primary benefit of dentures is the fact that they will partially restore a patient's ability to eat and speak. Modern dentures also closely resemble natural teeth, but they do require daily maintenance.

Dentures are typically used to replace teeth eight weeks after they fall out or have been extracted. This will give the patient time to heal as their gums return back to their normal size. During that period, a specialist will create the custom dentures according to the exact specifications given to them by the dentist. 

What Are Dental Implants?
Many patients seek out a practice that specializes in dental implants Charlotte NC because they want a permanent solution to their tooth loss. Unlike dentures, implants can last for the rest of a patient's life with the proper aftercare. This is because implants are actually anchored into the patient's jaw and form a powerful bond with the bone in a process known as osseointegration. 

A dental implant is made up of a titanium rod, an abutment, and a crown. The rod is what actually forms a bond with the patient's jaw, and the abutment sits directly on the rod as a “saddle” for the crown. Crowns are custom false teeth that are designed to perfectly match the color, shape, and size of the patient's natural teeth. 

Making the Right Choice
This is a choice that you and your dentist will need to make after carefully reviewing the pros and cons of each treatment. As a general rule, dental implants are a better long-term treatment option, but they are not always appropriate for patients who are struggling with severe oral health problems such as periodontitis.

Best Kitchen #Hacks and Items that IMPROVED my #life!

At least once a month, I go through an area of my home and clear out the clutter. Then I call up the Salvation Army and they come and take away my excess.

Why do I have excess? Because people give me things, I like to try out new products, and I'm still learning. Sometimes I think something is going to make a difference but it just ends up wasting space. Or my tastes change.

As I was going through my kitchen, I was shocked at how some of the smallest things have revolutionized my kitchen. Small changes in our tools have changed the way we eat....for the better.

The number one thing that has rocketed my cooking to a higher level is the Pressure Cooker XL.

Now, if you've ever channel surfed then you have probably seen this puppy on an infomercial. That's where I first saw it too. And I was glued to the screen. They made all kinds of great stuff...in minutes. So I asked for it for my birthday. And I have used it at least once a week ever since. I use it EVERY single week.

I use it to make bone broths (much faster than using the crockpot.) I use it to make stews, roasts, ribs, soups, and casseroles. I used to own the type of pressure cooker you use on the stove, but it started to malfunction. The stove top pressure cookers can explode. This electric type does not. And it's so easy to use. It's really a push the button, walk away, and come back to a great meal kind of thing.

I love it because I can put all sorts of random ingredients inside and come up with a great stew. Stews and soups allow me to sneak vegetables into my family with far fewer complaints. I can buy up all the tough clearance meats at the grocery store and freeze them until I need them because I can put the toughest meat in this cooker and have it come out tender. I can even use frozen ingredients and still have a fully cooked meal done in under 2 hours. 50 minutes to stew, about 10 to get up to pressure and another 10 to bring the pressure back down.

This is the best thing in my kitchen. The second best thing is this garlic press.

Cooking with garlic not only improves the flavor of your food, but it also increases the health factor! Hello, sulfur! But chopping it is time consuming, difficult, and smelly. I would smell like garlic for days afterward. I even bought a stainless steel soap bar to remove the smell. Extra stuff!

Plus, when I left any pieces too big my family would complain. Mincing with the press is super easy, leaves no bits, and doesn't get my hands stinky. The press is made of stainless steel and is pretty heavy duty. I've used mine for over 2 years and there's no sign of breaking down. I use it multiple times per week.

Ever since my Father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I got serious about getting rid of toxic products. I stopped using deodorant, washing my hair, and threw out all of our teflon pans. I got rid of our plastic water bottles, plastic utensils, plastic everything!

I now use only stainless steel pans, stainless steel water bottles, and stainless steel measuring utensils, and glass food containers. There was a learning curve to cooking with stainless pans, but it was so worth it!

Not only are we not bringing toxins into our food, but I now have matching sets! As ridiculous as it may seam, having a matching set of measuring spoons or cups really makes it nicer to cook. I love my stainless steel measuring cups and glass pyrex bowls!

Upgrading doesn't have to be expensive either. We all have too much stuff these days and when someone asks "what do you want for Christmas?" you can ask for some of these things. They are all in good gift price ranges and can will really make a difference in how you cook.

One of my favorite things in my kitchen is my set of ramekins. I have a small set of 4 white ramekins and 2 larger ones. The small set is perfect for baking little desserts and is the right serving size for ice cream or other treats. I like to use them for snacks. They are just the perfect size! Of course, I dream of creme brule when I see them, but I haven't made it yet!

The larger ones are my berry bowls. There is just something so beautiful about bright red strawberries, dark blueberries, or even freshly picked peas when they are put in a bowl like this. It makes them seem special. Like treats. I love these bowls tremendously and wish I had a few more! I found them at a garage sale for 50c and if I ever find them again, I'll be sure to snatch them up!

Of course, my kitchen wouldn't be complete without canning jars. You can find them at thrift stores and garage sales for pennies. They are so versatile and since they are made of glass, you can really get them clean - no worries about what used to be in them. It's okay to buy used.


Since I am all about reusing and not creating waste, I buy all of my grains in bulk and store them in big glass jars. I use these to store whole oats, rice, flour, and beans.

I use smaller ones to store wild rice, specialty flours and grains, steel cut oats, dried fruits, and other things I use often but in smaller quantities.

It makes it so much easier to see when I am running low, keeps the pantry organized, and reduces packaging.

I also use my glass canning jars to store dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and dehydrated mushrooms. If you have never dehydrated mushrooms, then you are missing out!! They take the level of any savory dish up 4 notches. I often add them to the pressure cooker or I grind them up use as a meat seasoning. It adds so much amazing flavor. And mushrooms are very affordable!

The jar lids I use are made by a random guy who sells them on amazon. He must have the patent but hasn't figured out how to make them get popular. I am hear to tell you they are awesome!

They fit on the top of any standard canning jar (you can even buy them in wide mouth) and they allow you to vacuum seal anything in your jar using just a hand pump. No electricity. No fancy gadgets. Just your standard canning jars. They are a prepper's dream. You can save food indefinitely with a vacuum - in jars you already own/use - and without electricity! The best!!!

FYI - if you eat Ramen noodles. And we all do.... add some dehydrated mushrooms and a few frozen peas. You have just elevated this dish x 1000. If you happen to have chives growing in your yard (an edible that also looks beautiful!) then add those too. You will not be disappointed.

Also high on my list are these silicone ice cube trays. They each hold 1/2 cup of liquid. I use them to freeze all my bone broths. I also use them to freeze herbs in oil, soups, baby food, and smoothies. I guess they could also be used for ice. But seriously, they are amazing.

A high quality blender is also a must. I happen to have a Vitamix and it has been a great tool. I use it to make soups, smoothies, grind flour, make almond butter, and so much more. It's really powerful and that makes using it much more enjoyable!

The last two things on my list are somewhat personal but have really made my kitchen experience better. The first is a salt/pepper grinder that I use for chia/flax. I grind chia seeds on the one side, flax on the other. It works perfectly for this. I use chia and flax in my yogurt, in my oatmeal, in my smoothies.

Basically, like anyone else would use cinnamon/sugar. If you buy pre-ground flax or chia it will get old and rancid really quickly. I eat them because they have plant based omega-3 fatty acids and enzymes. I don't want them to be rotten. But I also don't want to get a big grinder out or use my blender every time I need a few teaspoons. So I keep the grinder out like someone would keep out the salt shaker. And seeing it reminds me to use it, and I use it often. It's a pretty slick hack.

The last item has made my life a million times better. It seems really stupid, but since I am short, I can not reach my tallest cabinets or the top of my pantry without a chair. I despise moving a chair around the kitchen. This little stool is strong enough to hold anyone in our family and it folds flat (out of the way!) and is easy to carry around.

I keep it in the pantry, but pull it out when needed. I even take it into the laundry room when I need something from the top shelf. It's so much easier than jumping up on the counters or carrying chairs everywhere!

So there you have it - a few small things that have made a huge difference in my life.  Easy things. Small changes. But big rewards.


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Easy Household upgrades that make a surprising difference!

Sometimes the smallest changes make the biggest impact! One of the best things we did was change out the lighting in our house to LED. I hate - no HATE  - CFL bulbs. The sickly glow, the toxic mercury, everything.

The first bulbs we swapped were our outdoor landscape lighting. The electricity used was cut in half but the brightness was doubled. It was an amazing and wonderful swap. Then we started swapping around the house. Luckily, the cost has gone down and the size availability has increased. We used these 60 watt equivalent bulbs.

They were fantastic! They are nice and bright and use just a fraction of the electricity. And they are not toxic to dispose of when they wear out years down the road. The only downside to these bulbs was the fact that they are not dimmable so I couldn't use them in my highest use areas - since we like to dim the lights in those places. The cost is comparable to the yucky CFLs but again - without all the yuck.

While it's still nice out, make sure to get lots of natural light by keeping your shades open and heading outdoors. The beautiful fall air just begs for camping trips, bonfires, and late nights on the porch. If you need to carry firewood, I suggest you take a look at the  Grillinator ultimate fire log carrier.

It's gorgeous! And it's practical. It makes carrying wood so much easier. The straps are heavy duty and it's one sturdy bag. I have one of these and it's used for wood, but before I settled it into its main usage, I used it to carry books, weights, and kids toys! It is a multi-use product - and so very strong! You'll be annoyed at all other bags from this point on.  But it shines for wood and it's the kind of thing that looks good enough to be left out and used as part of the decor.


Since Fall leads to Winter - there will be lots more time indoors. Be sure to get some good quality houseplants to help suck up indoor air pollution. Turn the screens off every once in a while and play games. Just enjoy the time with your family. One fun way to do that is to make music and try out new things.

We have been having fun with this Tibetan singing bowl. What a unique, calming sound. It's pretty fun to sit around and ring the bowl before a game of cards. It's just really relaxing and a good reminder to sit and relax together.

It's also fun to bake and enjoy treats during the winter. Our weather gets extra cold, so packing on a few extra pounds is good insulation and baking heats up the house and draws people together in the kitchen.

It's a great time to focus on what really matters.

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Heading into Fall in Style

Somehow I blew it when it came to fashion this summer. I was just too hot and sweaty to care, I guess! So shorts and a tank top were my main outfit. I wish I would have came across this cute American Flag shirt for the 4th of July!!


But there's also Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, Labor day, Election Day, and the whole Olympics to consider wearing it. I got this shirt about a week ago and it is really cute in person. The size chart is all crazy - but trust it - it's right on.

As it turns warmer, I'm going to wear a white denim jacket over this top to really make it stand out. I may even pair it with these super cute little silver earrings.


These are sterling silver and less than $10 - with FREE Shipping!

They are relatively thin, so I am super careful with them - so they don't bend. Don't sleep in them, obviously! And store them well. I store all my jewelry in the boxes they came in. I just open them up and lay them all in a drawer. Then I use the open boxes to store my earrings and necklaces. It keeps everyone from tangling with each other and it makes it easy to find what I'm looking for.

I could stand to organize this a little better, but you get the gist. And you could make it look so much nicer - plus did I mention this organization method was basically free?

When summer is roaring with heat, it's hard to forget just what is waiting for us over the next few months. According to the Farmer's Almanac, we are going to have one super cold and snowy winter. I'm not sure if I believe the forecast or not. We'll have to wait and see. But one thing I know about our winters - they are cold. Cold or super cold - we still require outdoor gear.

I have a gigantic head, so when I ordered this little wool blend beanie, I was so excited to see "one size fits all." Silly right? They actually had multiple size choices but I went with the One Size because hats almost never fit me. I must be an alien.

Well - the one size fit! Hats are only good if they are warm, they stay on, and you'll wear them! I was worried the wool would be scratchy but since its a blend it wasn't. It also looks super cute and stays down around my ears. With my size head, hats tend to pull up and take themselves off. Do you know what I mean? If you do, then you know what a blessing it is to find one that will stay on. And one that's warm. It feels really warm. It might just be because I'm trying it on at the end of summer, but it does feel like a nice warm hat.

I can't wait to start wearing jeans again - but I've realized that not all my jeans are flattering! It turns out that pocket placement has more to do with the way your butt looks in jeans than I ever expected. You can have a great behind and look like a trucker or an 80 year old woman just based on the jean pockets!

I am going through my closets now and figuring out who is who! I have lots to donate!

When the stores start trying to clear out their extra "back to school" clothing, it's a good time to look for sales on basic layering items. Fall and winter are all about layering. Not only does it look classy - but it's a great way to make sure you are never too hot or too cold. Then you'll be ready to head into fall and winter in style.

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