The Basic Procedure And Uses Of Dental Implants

nice smileDespite all the dental care improvements as of today, there are still millions of Americans who suffer a loss of teeth brought by injuries, periodontal diseases and tooth decay. For many years, patients resolved their missing tooth problems with dentures and bridges. But nowadays most dentist recommend dental implants.

What exactly happens in a basic tooth implant procedure?

Assuming that you only have one missing tooth and you are exceptionally healthy, the dental implant procedure will most likely happen this way.

Implant site preparation – The dentist opens the gum tissue to expose the bone area where he or she will be placing the implant. If there is enough bone structure to locate the implant, then bone grafting is not needed.

When the site of the healthy bone is established, the dentist will use a special drill to set the hole where the implant will be received. After the implant has been placed, the tissue covering the bone will be closed and sutured. The stitches from the suture will be removed one to two weeks after the procedure.

Healing process – You have to wait for at least three months to consider the site of the implant to have healed. Some patients take more time and wait up to six months. This time frame allows the implant to stay secure and fuse to become a part of your lower or upper jaw.

Attaching the implant post – When the implant is secured and steady, and the gum tissues are healed, a special post is attached to the implant. It will serve as the support of the porcelain crown that will be attached in the site area.

Placing the crown – After your dentist takes your impressions and create a porcelain replica, the porcelain crown is then slipped over the post and cemented. After this procedure, the final crown will perfectly blend in with your other surrounding teeth.

After the procedure is finished and the stitches are fully healed, a dental implant will look exactly like your natural teeth.

There are a multitude of benefits for acquiring replacement tooth roots. Apart from giving you back your full set of teeth, here are the other reasons why this procedure is recommended by dental practitioners.

Cost effective solution – Traditional dental bridges are expected to last for only five to seven years (ten years with proper care). But at some point, they need replacing. Over time, the cost of these replacements can add up. Dental implants on the other hand only need periodic adjustments and they can last a lifetime.

Address speech problems – Teeth dentures can slip within the mouth and cause you to slur or mumble your words. If your problem has been poorly-fitted dentures, dental implants will solve your speech problem and eliminate the embarrassment of slipping teeth.

Removes the inconvenience of dentures – Because you need to remove your dentures every night and clean them separately, it takes more of your time to maintain your oral hygiene. Dentures are always at risk of slipping or falling out. If you are a low-maintenance type of person, it is best to consider dental implants.

As implants are like your natural teeth, you can simply stick to your old routine of regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. It takes less time and less hassle.

Eases chewing problems – Even if your dentures are well-fitted, they still cause eating discomfort. The best advantage about getting dental implants is that they function completely like your own teeth. They allow you to eat your food with confidence and eliminate the worry of slipping dentures.

Retain your natural face shape – For older adults, their main concern about getting dental implants is to retain their natural face shape and smile. Missing teeth can sag your face and make it appear sad and sunken. Dental implants allow you to maintain your natural smile and facial shape, making you look more youthful.

As local anesthesia is used for this, you will not feel any pain. But if you are wondering what the procedure will feel like, most patients report that they only received mild discomfort. Some clients also say that they experienced more discomfort from a tooth extraction rather than from a dental implant.

After getting a dental implant procedure and the anesthesia wears off, it is expected that you will experience pain and soreness. But the aftermath of the procedure is nothing to be worried about as they are easily remedied by over-the-counter pain relievers.

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Top Fitness Benefits Of Yoga

Yoga is considered one of the healthiest training philosophies available to fitness fans.

Developed in India thousands of years ago, and perfected up to this day, it has been used by practitioners to develop and reach their full physical, mental and spiritual potential.

There are many different yoga teachings, and they differentiate depending on the tradition and the teacher who shares the knowledge. But most of the yoga classes and exercise routines you can easily find online are focused on fitness and health improvement.

There is a multitude of benefits that come from practicing yoga on a regular basis. In this article we’ll examine the most important ones that can be achieved even by beginner practitioners.

1. Flexibility

The most obvious benefit of yoga is improved flexibility. Yoga is to put it simply, a combination of stretches that improve blood flow, and lengthen muscular tissue. Doing yoga for the first time often seems like an exercise in futility, with most students not being able to even touch their toes. But after a few weeks of practice, harder static positions like backends can often be performed with decent form.

2. Postural Improvement

Yoga workouts are a great way to improve posture as well. Bad posture is often caused by tight hamstrings and hip flexors. These muscles are tight and tense mostly because of too much sitting. If you sit in a weird position with your legs twisted to one side, you could easily be suffering from muscular imbalances as well.

Yoga can bring your posture back to normal, by releasing and lengthening the hip flexors and hamstrings. It also strengthens the lower back, providing you with more strength to the muscles that keep your belly from protruding forward. These improvements also get rid of a forward neck posture that causes migraines and put’s further stress on the lumbar spine.

If you have postural problems though, make sure to mention them to your yoga teacher and ask for specific exercises that will improve them faster.

3. Increased Blood Flow

If you’ve wondered why supplements like Nitric Oxide and Creatine are helpful in building muscle mass, a large part of the answer is – increased blood flow. With increased blood flow the muscles get more nutrients and oxygen, which means that they get more protein and are able to recover faster from workouts.

This is the same effect that you can get from doing yoga, especially twisting movements. Twisting movements draw oxygenated blood from the rest of the body into the muscle once the twist is released. It also thins the blood through the process, decreasing the chances of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases.

4. Reduces Cortisol

Yoga has a soothing effect for our whole system. The relaxation and mental benefits are often mentioned as being especially powerful, which is why yoga becomes such an addictive habit for many who try it. The reason why yoga relaxes the body and improves mental functioning is due to reduced cortisol levels.

Cortisol is secreted by adrenal glands in response to stress. It is often called a stress hormone. However, it should only be secreted during highly stressful situations. In our busy world, this mechanism often malfunctions, and we get attacked by constant cortisol highs which cause anxiety, stress, low energy levels and decrease our general feeling of well being.

Through the focused, relaxed breathing that occurs while doing yoga, cortisol levels return back to normal, and usually stay that way for the rest of the day.

If you’re looking for a training approach that can be used in conjunction with lifting weights, you’ve found it.

Yoga can be used both as a supplementary training activity and as a stand-alone. It definitely won’t turn you into a huge bodybuilder, but it can make you feel good, look good, and take your flexibility levels to heights you never thought were possible.

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Why Visiting Cambodia Now

buddhist-monks-angkor-watSoutheast Asia is one of the most tourist-packed destinations, and among those southeast Asian countries, Cambodia is sadly the most neglected of all despite many attractions.

Cambodia is known for its magnificent Angkor Wat and the legacies of the Khmer Rouge Empire, but it is also known for its security issues and land mines. Both of these facets play the biggest role on the repelling and attracting of tourists and historians which resulted to a wonderfully developed tourist infrastructure. For so many years, tourists are more attracted to Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat. Because of these, many foreign tourists miss out on many opportunities in seeing more of Cambodia.

Phnom Penh is the capital of this mystical country. It is located in between the Vietnamese border and Angkor Wat and over the years, the capital of this beautiful country has transformed into a cosmopolitan city. Because of this, Phnom Penh did not just evolve into a typical cosmopolitan city. It transformed into a busy city infused with Cambodia’s deep culture.

Their street food is also one of the best treats you can find in this country! At the crossroad of China, Thailand and India, Cambogia has a mix of the best South-East Asian food you will ever taste. As they have plenty of exotic spices from their tropical climate, you will not be disappointed but the multitude of aromas and fragrance that will hit your senses.


Historically, Cambodia is known for its killing fields. Today, there are so many more activities and destinations you can add up to your itinerary. You can avail for tours, boat cruises, cooking schools, wet markets, night markets, animal refuge facilities, beautiful and scenic boardwalk and many more. Another tourist attraction is Battambag.

Battambag is located in the western side of the country and its known for its beautiful riverside city. There are also convenient hubs for you to explore the hinterlands with its temples. To get there, you can ride a boat from Siem Reap which will be a scenic boat ride crossing the Tonle Sap. You can also reach there by riding a bus. You can even share taxi with other tourists.

Other destinations you can go to is located in the further east. Considered as Cambodia’s “Wild East”, Mondulkiri and Rattanakiri provinces will be a good fit if you are travelling with your significant other. The scenery is truly breathtaking – it will make you fall in love once more.

If you are more of a camping or a trekking kind of tourist, going to the north will be the best fit. You can go trekking in Virachey National Park. You can visit local towns and visit nearby waterfalls. Just like Chipat, Sen Monorom is also a developing tourist attraction.

Of course, no one should miss out on Angkor Wat. It is the biggest temple complex. In fact, it is known as the largest religious monument in the world. Originally started as a Hindu temple, it gradually became into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. It is also the most preserved temple in the entire world. Historians say that Angkor Wat is mimicked to the home of devas in Hindu Mythology.

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The First Thanksgiving

At Thanksgiving, people all across the United States sit down and share a meal to remember the very first Thanksgiving dinner. This special meal is different from among others, normally containing traditional Thanksgiving foods such as turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, yams, and stuffing. However, it’s more than the company with family and delicious foods that make this holiday important, but the ideas that are behind it.

You see, in the early 1600s the English Separatists were being forced to worship God however the king saw fit. They met in secret, and yet the King sent spies to find out who the key leaders were. Many people were thrown into prison for not heeding to the king’s religion. The separatists, or ‘pilgrims’ as they called themselves, were fed up with being treated this way, and decided to sail away to Amsterdam, Holland (present day Netherlands).

However, twelve years of being in the Dutch culture began to affect the Pilgrims. The leaders were worried that this influence on their children was not positive, so they decided to move again, this time to the ‘New World.’ In 1620, they set sail on the Mayflower, with their plan to settle by the Huston river area. Because of harsh weather conditions in the North Atlantic, they were driven off course and landed at Cape Cod. As they were so far from their original destination, the Pilgrims decided to settle right where they were. By the end of December, they finished their journeying at Plymouth (which they called ‘New Plymouth’).

Their first winter there was severely harsh, and about half of them died. When spring finally set in, a local Native American, named Samoset, introduced himself to the Pilgrims. He also brought another Indian, named Squanto, who taught the settlers how to survive and live off the land. Moreover, the Pilgrim governor, William Bradford, signed a peace treaty with the Wampanoag Indians (who Samoset and Squanto were from). By the time harvest rolled around, they had grown and stored enough food to last them thorough the winter. They were so excited, that the Pilgrims decided to hold a three-day feast to celebrate. Many Indians showed up to share the feast as well.

Around two-hundred years later, President Abraham Lincoln declared a national holiday on the last Thursday of November to remember the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. Later in the 1940s, President Franklin Roosevelt changed it to be celebrated on the second to last Thursday of November.

Despite when we celebrate it, Thanksgiving is a time to be especially grateful for the freedoms we have in America. One especially is the freedom of religion. The pilgrims came to America to seek that freedom, and thank God we, three hundred and forty-four years later, still have that freedom. So this year during this time of thanks, don’t forget to be extra thankful for the sacrifices people have made though the ages so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. God bless America!

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A great trip to Greece

Our trip to Greece was not intended to be exhaustive but eclectic, including visiting a number of unavoidable ancient sites, the discovery of beautiful scenery and a Hellenic week lazing on the beach. We crossed Greece from June 16 to July 2, 2012, in the heart of the heat wave!

Arriving in Athens, we are directly involved in Volos, before the turn of the peninsula of Mount Pelion. We were seized by the diversity of landscapes, from the industrial port of Volos to small coves along the west coast through the resort’s ski Agrioflekes, the jungle of apple orchards near Makrinitsa, villages with ancient houses decorated with earthenware. The highlight of this tour of Pelion Agia Kyriaki was a small fishing village at the tip of the peninsula, lost in a setting combining islands, sea and sky.

We then left for the amazing site of Meteora, made of breathtaking natural rock upon which are built Orthodox monasteries from the 11th century. The site attracts a crowd of tourists, particularly countries of the East, but is worth the detour. We found a home in Kastraki, a small village less touristy than Kalambaka, starting point of classical hits. There are only 6 active monasteries who are visited, so we admired the monasteries Varlaam, Holy Trinity, Agio Nikolaos Anapafsas, Agios Stefanos Roussanou and the Great Monastery (most interesting). The chapels often have very rich Orthodox icons and art, but we were disappointed not to feel more spiritual.

Starting at Delphi, we stopped in the charming seaside town of Galaxidi, hotel galaxies that we recommend. The site of Delphi, although in ruins is superb thanks to its setting of olive trees and beautiful hills. Unfortunately, like most other major Greek museums, museum of Delphi were closed for repairs due to the financial crisis. We made a detour to the beautiful monastery Ossios Loukas, late Byzantine style and rich gold mosaics and marbles.

After visiting the fort of Nafplion and the pleasant town of the same name, influenced by the Romans and the Turks who attacked over the centuries, we continued to two great ancient sites: Tiryns, attributed to the Cyclops and the necropolis of Mycenae with its famous gate to the lions, the tombs of Aegisthus, Clytemnestra, the Treasury of Atreus and the secret tank which is accessed through a dark staircase and slippery. After a week devoted to Greek culture, whether ancient or orthodox, we agreed a week of relaxation in Koroni. This small town in in southern Peloponnese, adjoins to Kalamata, an industrial city known for its olives and its football team.

Koroni is a charming little town typically Greek, with houses painted in white and blue shutters, adorned with flowers planted in pots with feta, olive and fig trees. The white citadel worth seeing and the beautiful beach is sparsely populated. You need to see the countryside, villages and Vasilisa Finikounta. From there we made a break to climb Mount Taygetos and to visit the site of Olympia, in ruins, but very large and impressive, and that of the former Messina, free access that extends over a huge area surrounded by walls wonderful.

This was indeed a great trip to Greece and my next trip will be to Las Vegas. These are nearly diametrially opposed places, the Ancient World on one hand versus the modern rush from our most modern world on the other hand. Enjoy.

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Pixar’s and Disney together released some wonderful movies for everyone to watch irrespective of their ages. ‘Cars’ was yet another blockbuster from their side featuring extravagant characters who are none other than anthropomorphic cars. The movie was another victory for the duo as it had mixed elements including the emotional rage, the vibrant acts, humor, love, sentiments and the fun filled and thrilling trip down the lane. The first rate sound recordings and casts along with the mysterious graphic design makes it a must watch and unique movie from other animated series that was released during the same season.

The rookie, Lightening McQueen plays the lead role in the movie voiced by Owen Wilson. The story starts off with the stardom this racing sensation receives with his truck Mack, on his road to success having the least time to find friends and spend time with them. On his way to the next race course, Lightening is help up by the Sheriff in Radiator Spring, a small tiny little town on the legendary Route 66.

The limelight is thrown onto this small part of Route 66 for the rest of the story where Lightening is asked to work on the road that he messed up after which he can be free. The life in Radiator Springs moves a little slow but in a very interesting way where he finds his love the pretty Porsche, Sally and his best friend the Tow Truck, Mater.
The rookie also finds the place pretty different and peaceful than his fast paced one and meets a couple of other friends including Doc Hudson, three times Piston Cup holder, Ramon, the body shop owner, Luigi and Guido, the Italian tire experts and Fillmore, the organic fuel connoisseur.

Throughout the storyline, the scenes are so addictive that none will ever blink an eye off. With the land of cars, the talking ones on the screen they are seen to be eating food, having jobs, driving themselves, hosting and anchoring TV shows, running gas stations, café and lot more. The entire tale brings alive those memories when people used to pack their bags with family and kids to tour around America through road spending time with friends in a peaceful place enjoying every single stop. The nostalgic appeal this movie brings about does not have any such silly scenes like those of the recently released one with plenty of animals and a lot of mess. Each and every single shot is taken with perfection that every character seems to be pretty lively on the screen.

Cars has everything like a complete package having those slight little humorous moments with tractor tipping and the little beetle cars flirting around with Lightening. The enthusiastic racing sequences are a must watch apart from the sensational and feet tapping soundtracks.

The movie ‘Cars’ seems to be just perfect from the very beginning till the end. It is not just the one for racing enthusiast but a movie without boredom for anyone of any age group.

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Route 66 starts from Chicago

How Chicago Is Evolving

Chicago is one of the busiest and largest cities in the United States, and for good reason. Nearly 3 million people currently reside here, with many more than that (9.7 million) in the city at any given time thanks to tourism, business and recreation. Thanks to its location on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago offers unmet entertainment, cultural, shopping and recreation events for locals and tourists alike. The many luxury hotels dotting the city and its wonderful skyline, along with the Chicago river, give visitors all sorts of things to do to ensure a vacation of your lifetime, or even a great night out on the town.

A Brief History Of Chicago

Perhaps one of the most intriguing and controversial times in Chicago is the city’s storied gangland reputation. Since the 1920’s, Chicago has been world renowned for the role it played during the prohibition decade. This has been helped by various Hollywood movies glamorizing this controversial time in Chicago, such as ‘The Untouchables’. Al Capone single handedly changed the face of Chicago as he pretty much made the city his own playground. Known for his relentlessness and slipperiness, he always seemed to be one step ahead of the law.

Other than the city’s storied gangland reputation, there is even more tragedy that took place just a few decades before. The Great Chicago Fire of 1893 claimed almost 300 lives, destroyed more than 2,000 acres, 17,000 buildings, 73 miles of road and left 90,000 homeless. The city also suffered $222,000 in damages, which was astronomically high in 1893. What’s worse is that this isn’t even the most tragic fire the city has endured. In December of 1903, the Iroquois Theater burned to the ground and left more than 600 deaths. This is, to this day, the single most deadly building fire in American history.

You would think with such a controversial and tragic past, that Chicago would be suffering to this day to overcome the many adversities it has been faced with. But the city is incredibly resilient and has continually rebuilt itself, becoming an economic powerhouse today. Because of its prime location, Chicago is a perfect place for business meetings, family vacations or even a short get away. The city has a thriving culture and is rich with art and entertainment. Regardless of how hustling the city may seem, there will always be something to do and somewhere to be.

The Windy City (Chicago) has a very healthy economy and is well balanced. There is no one industry that dominates the local economy, rather than a majority of industries and businesses that have a hand in creating an even more promising future for the city. Chicago is the third largest metropolitan in the United States, with the second largest business district, which has banks, financial institutions and future exchanges, to brokerage firms and insurance companies.

The fact of the matter is, the future of Chicago is even brighter than one can imagine, and one that is continually changing for the best and is always making itself an industry leader.

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Nevada and California

Route 66 … no need to introduce it, it is more than legendary! A true monument of American culture, it is the first channel which allowed to connect the shores of Lake Michigan from Chicago to the shore of the Pacific in Santa Monica, California.

America is founded. This vast continent, which extends to the west of the mountains, is waiting to be explored and exploited. But this land was occupied. Indians, Spanish settlers and French explorers already lived there. To the pioneers of that time as Daniel Boone, the conquest of the West is a question of courage and hardship. Some hundreds of thousands of Americans engage in it. Their journey is full of dangers, but the thirst for wealth and adventure was stronger. While some struggle to create new cities, others rush to the mines of California. Control of the Mississippi River steamboat marks the beginning of an era of expansion.

It’s the Wild West in the heart of the United States at the time of the gold rush that made poker one of the myths associated with the conquest of the West. The game of poker where players bet on who has the strongest hand is the game played by all the cowboys and adventurers who came try their luck in the American West. It is also a symbol of masculinity at the time. The films of this period often describe great games full of action. Living legends like Doyle Brunson have already reported games full of alcohol and weapons in the back room of some Texas bar. Yes this has nothing to do with other card games like Baccarat, this has been the game of gunslingers from the beginning.

If it was once practiced mainly in the form of cash games, it really took off in popularity through the series of tournaments in the famous World Series of Poker started 40 years ago, and whose early retransmission in 2000 has created part of the poker boom as we know it today. And if the cash games have since appeared on the small screen to the delight of lovers of these high stakes games, it is always the tournaments that take center stage with the retransmission of the WPT, the WSOP or the EPT. This has translated in millions of people who play poker online as their main hobby. This way it is much easier to find a game and just sit down at a virtual table whenever you feel like playing. Otherwise in the old days you had to find a game somewhere in town and they were not running at all times like now.

Psychology is important in poker, and before the mathematical analysis invaded the world of online gaming with the new generation of gamers, the best players were the ones best able to decipher their opponents and to feel fear in their adversaries. The psychological aspect is undeniable as evidenced by such books as the ones published by expert of psychology Joe Navarro, a famous former FBI agent. It is all about psychology. For example there is an entire segment of psychology related to the high rollers at casinos and the VIP system. People like to be treated like there are special, different, even superior. This is why casinos love the so-called high rollers, in other words the super-wealthy, and they treat them like superstars with a lot of perks and VIP special offers, knowing that these players will always lose a lot of money.

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