Do You Need a Dental Crown?

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There are few people who actually want to hear their dentist suggest they need a dental crown. After all, they can be quite expensive, and dental insurance doesn’t always cover the procedure. Wondering if you actually need one? This quick guide can help.

What is a Crown?

First, it’s important to understand exactly what a crown is. They’re a kind of cap that is shaped like a tooth. They’re cemented onto your actual teeth for a variety of different reasons. They completely encase your tooth, sitting right above the gum line.

Who Needs a Crown?

There are a number of different reasons your dentist may recommend having a crown put in your mouth. One of the most common is to help protect a weak tooth. Teeth can be weakened by decay or injury, and when they need to be held together or kept from further breakage, a crown can help. Teeth that are already broken or well-worn may also need a cap. Supporting teeth after a root canal or a large filling often require caps as well. Other reasons to have a crown include the need to help a dental bridge stay in place, covering discolored or misshapen teeth, covering implants, or making other cosmetic modifications.

While crowns are fairly frequently used on adults, children may also need them, particularly when they’re at high risk of dental decay or to save a tooth that has been badly damaged by decay.

Types of Crowns

There are many different kinds of crowns available. Stainless steel are fairly common, but they’re usually a temporary fix. They can be placed in a single visit, and they don’t have to be custom made to fit in your mouth. Children’s crowns are almost always made from stainless steel. There are a number of different metals used in crowns, too. Gold alloy is one of the most common, and it can be a really good choice because more of the structure of the tooth can be kept in place. They tend to hold up better over time too. Because they’re metallic, though, they don’t always look good or enhance your smile. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can solve that problem, but they tend to chip a bit. You can also opt for an all-resin crown, but they are fairly prone to breakage as well. All ceramic crowns are also an option, but they, too, tend to break. Your dentist will help you choose the right crown material to meet your needs and your budget.

The Procedure

Before you ever have a dental crown placed, your dentist will carefully evaluate your mouth. You may need to have a root canal if there is a risk of decay after the crown is placed. The tooth will be reshaped, then the dentist will make an impression of the teeth to help prepare your crown. Once it’s made, it can be cemented into place. Your dentist will probably ask you to avoid sticky foods and to minimize the use of that side of your mouth when you have a crown in place. Careful flossing should be considered too.

Crowns can be a great way to protect your teeth, but learning as much as possible about them before you have one put in your mouth is an absolute must. To learn more, talk to the premier Bastrop dentist, Chad Byler, DDS.

Chad Byler, DDS, PA
201 Hunters Crossing Blvd. #16
Bastrop, Texas 78602
(512) 308-9860

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Eco-Friendly Living: Natural Roofing Materials

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In this day and age, there is a unending trend to embrace Mother Nature and to do as much as possible to limit one’s carbon footprint. There are many roofing materials that can improve the energy efficiency of a home and nearly every alternative lasts more than two decades without need for replacement today. But, if you really want to get back to basics, then you might consider a roofing material taken straight from the earth.

Among the most commonly used natural roofing products is wood. Today, cedar shakes are coated to prevent moisture retention and to reduce the risk of home fires. They can be stained, painted, lacquered or left to age gracefully. The options are so endless that nearly every house style can look beautiful with wood atop it. Even without the coating, cedar is highly water resistant on its own and offers superior insulation. In addition to those properties, these shakes provide excellent ventilation, which means that your Houston home will stay cooler in the brutally hot summer months. The downside of wood is that is appeals to other species as well. Molds, algae, and even insects can take up lodging in your roofing material. So, there is a need for regular, annual inspection and cleaning — offered at http://www.houstonroofingcontractors.co/ or by the homeowner himself — to ensure that none of these problems lead to the need for Houston roof repair.

Another natural roofing material that has been topping houses for centuries is clay. Derived straight from the earth and considered a renewable resource, clay offers a great deal to those who strive to be eco-friendly. The material reduces energy usage because it is highly insulating and provides unmatched ventilation for the home. It also lasts much longer than other roofing options. Many clay roofs that were assembled a century ago are still intact. Roofers give it a conservative life span estimate of fifty years. The disadvantages of clay are linked to its weight. A single square of tiles – that is to say 100 square feet worth – can weigh more than eight hundred pounds. Even a very small house will require ten squares worth to cover its roof and that would equate to four tons. Not all construction is equipped to handle that sort of weight.

Though slate has been installed on rooftops for centuries as well, in this area, it is not a common type of roofing. The Woodlands hasn’t seen as many slate roofs in recent decades because the material can be very expensive to work with, which you can learn more about at this website. That being said, however, it is well worth the investment for those who can afford it. Slate is naturally waterproof, fire resistant, and insulating. It can take a brutal beating without giving way and isn’t susceptible to insects or plant life. Slate roofs can easily last a century with very little maintenance and will look beautiful during all of that time.

Affordable Houston Roofing Solutions
5100 Westheimer # 200-A1
Houston, TX 77056
(832) 730-2500

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Making Old Windows Look New

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While you would love to invest in new home windows right now to do away with the old and the dingy, it’s not always easy to afford replacement and your windows might not even require such extreme measures just yet. Fortunately, there are other, less financial consuming things that you can do to make your windows look great again.

Sponge and Water If the problem is on the interior of the home and the frames of your windows are beginning to look a little faded and dingy, then a good washing may be all that is needed. A sponge with warm water and a touch of dish soap is all that is needed to wipe away most types of grime. If you notice the presence of mildew or mold, then you may have to opt for a water and bleach mixture to fully clean the surface. The exterior of the windows can be cleaned by hand or with a pressure washer. The need for bleach will be the same if there is any sign of mildew there.

Add a Splash of Color While wooden casings are more easily painted, even vinyl windows can be painted to better work with the feel of the home. For wood windows, old paint chips can be removed with a wire brush or pressure washer, then the surface can be sanded, primed, and repainted. Vinyl casings will have to be washed well, sanded with a 200 grit sand paper to make the surface better able to accept the paint, and then primed with a high quality all-purpose primer. Then, a lighter colored paint can be used to renew the look of the windows. Be sure, if you are painting the interior of the window frames, that you have proper ventilation, as paint fumes can be very strong and detrimental to one’s health.

Clean it Up with Caulk One of the biggest reasons that people in Sugarland Texas invest in window installation is because they want to improve their homes’ energy efficiency. Your old windows might not be as poor as they seem. A quick reseal with an even bead of caulk may be all that is necessary to revive the windows and improve their resistance to the elements. This will also improve the look of the window in many cases by providing a cleaner edge.

Invest in Shutters While replacing every window in your home can really put a damper on your wallet, there are other, smaller investments that can make a big difference in how your windows look to the outside world. Vinyl shutters and trim pieces are widely accessible today and can be relatively easily installed. Better yet, they will cost a fraction of what it would cost you to do a complete window replacement. You don’t need to add the trim to every window if you don’t have the cash to do so. Just attack the windows most frequently seen; those that have the greatest impact on curb appeal.

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Understanding the Importance of Flashing

When most people consider a new roofing job, they picture a contractor lugging around bundles of asphalt shingles or large rolls of rubber membrane. What they don’t always think of is the sheet metal, known as flashing, which plays a very important role in how well the roof holds up against the elements.

Flashing is sheets of aluminum or galvanized steel cut to particular sizes and shapes, which is used over joints in roof and wall construction. It is meant to act as a water barrier in areas of the roof that would otherwise be considered the most susceptible to leaks. If you look over your roof, you will likely notice the shimmer of metal evident around chimneys, roof vents, skylights, and dormers. Proper flashing use will allow gravity to wash the water along the metal and off of the roof, steering it clear of any vulnerable points in the construction.

This metal, which helps direct water away from those seams, can deteriorate over time. As Mother Nature ravages it with heavy winds, rains, and endless sunshine, it will show some wear and tear. To make matters worse, the metal must accommodate movement as shingles and the building materials beneath it expand and contract with changing temperatures. Because significant temperature changes can occur daily, the flashing is put under tremendous stress, while adapting to the shifts of the roofing material. The push and tug on the flashing causes it to wear down over time. While it can last for many, many years, it is important to recognize that the material is not invincible.

For this reason, and due to the poor installation habits of some contractors, the majority of roof leaks occur in areas where flashing is utilized. Most flashing problems can be easily repaired –patched or replaced – without disturbing much of the roof area. Roofing contractors will often cut their own flashing on site, but there are pre-formed sections available for sale, cut to typical lengths and sizes. These replacement pieces can be applied with caulk or roof cement. Roof cement looks like thick, black goop. It is very sticky and should not make contact with the skin. Therefore, it is always recommended that you wear rubber gloves when applying the adhesive, which can be used to patch small holes or to glue down loose shingles. Long sleeves, pants, and shoes with non-slip soles are always advisable when working on the roof.

It is important to realize, when doing roof repair, that not all metals are weatherproof. Some flashing, as a result, must be painted or otherwise treated to avoid corrosion. Corrosion, which results in unsightly rust, can quickly eat away at the metal, ruining it and increasing the likelihood of leaking. The importance of flashing is often overlooked by amateur roofers and that mindset can lead to severe issues down the road, so be sure that you hire professional, experienced contractors to handle your roof repair, so you can feel confident that it is done right.

Affordable Dallas Roofing Solutions
3102 Maple Ave #400-A1
Dallas, Texas 75201
(972) 916-9600

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Rooftop Gardens: Protecting Your Structure

Structural Support Having a rooftop garden can be a fun and rewarding hobby, but a few key requirements have to be met before moving forward with construction and installation. The bearing capacity of your roof must be established before construction can begin. Determining this is essential. After all, you do not want to face collapse or other structural damage. In order to figure out if the roof can withstand the weight of a garden, you may want to consult a roofing contractor or a structural engineer.

Once the structural capacity has been determined, you can begin designing you rooftop garden. Based on the outcome of the structural survey, your garden can be multiple smaller gardens or one large spot. The most cost effective way to install a rooftop garden is to install while the roof is being constructed or when a roof replacement is required.

The Dirt Soil selections are very important to the success of your rooftop garden. Most roofs have a load bearing factor of 40lbs per square foot. Normal moist soil has a weight value of 100lb per square foot. Fortunately, there are alternatives to the norm. So, lighter soil materials may have to be selected, such a vermiculite, perlite, peat moss, and coconut husk fibers. Be sure to ask your contractor about affordable Austin roofing solutions, such as building materials, and garden placement.

Let it Drip It is important to realize that all gardens must be able to drain excess moisture so the plants do not become water-logged. Make sure that you discuss this important consideration with your roofing contractor. If improper drainage utilized or the system is improperly installed, then you may have excessive loads on your roof, and this causes an unsafe situation for all residents. Some contractors will recommend installing a separate draining system that drains the gardens individually onto the ground. Also, draining water away from the plants and allowing them a natural process will ensure a successful rooftop garden.

Get Around It Almost as important as figuring out the load capacities of the roof, is providing a safe means of access to the garden. This should be the next step when designing your rooftop garden. The professionals in the field of Bee Cave roof repair can give suggestions of where to put access points on the roof and where the safest access points are on the roof. Along with having access to the roof there should also be an area on the roof where there is water, and storage for all of your gardening tools. If ladder access is your only method of getting on the roof, you may want to rethink installing a rooftop garden. If it is a public building, codes may not allow access by ladder only. Be sure to also check with the building owner or superintendant before augmenting the roofing. Round Rock, TX contractors can provide safe and reliable rooftop gardens and can help you to make sure that your building can support them. That just leaves you with choosing the best plants for your climate.

Affordable Austin Roofing Solutions
7000 N Mopac Expy #200-A1
Austin,TX 78731

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Eye Beauty: The Truth About Permanent Eye Makeup

Eye Beauty: The Truth About Permanent Eye Makeup

Are you tired of waking up every morning to face a blank palette, screaming for the help of cosmetic aids? Does the time spent brushing on foundation powder and applying layers of mascara often cause you to be late? If so, then you might be considering the benefits of permanent makeup. Imagine opening your vanity drawer and finding it bare; waking up to a face still as beautiful as the evening before. Permanent makeup can make that a reality. However, there are reasons for concern with this tattoo-like application, which might make your morning routine seem a little more bearable.

About Permanent Make-Up

This alternative to traditional cosmetic applications has been around for many years now. It involves introducing pigment beneath the skin in a manner very similar to tattooing. While referred to as ‘permanent make-up’, it won’t last forever. The color fades with time and will generally need to be touched-up within the first two years after application. It can be applied to the lips, eyebrows, eyelid, or even used to disguise facial scaring. Of course, there are advantages to having this procedure done. Not only can it be used to mask imperfections, but it can also relief a person of the need to apply make-up each morning. For those with small, thin lashes, a thin line on the eyelid can offer depth and for a person who wishes for fuller lips, this process makes it a possibility.

Risks

As with general tattooing, there are risks with permanent make-up application, which should be discussed at length before a person approves the procedure. Infections and allergic reactions are among the most commonly reported issues. The first can be prevented with the use of fully sterile equipment. A person can better ensure his or her own safety by choosing a facility that is regulated by the state and asking questions about equipment protocols. Allergic reactions are not as preventable. Not only can this issue pop up at the time of application, a person can develop the allergy many months, or even years after it is completed. An allergy to the pigment, though considered rare, is a possibility and can require a painful, tedious removal.

The human body is a mysterious thing and sometimes it can act in unexpected ways. Some individuals will develop granulomas (nodules) at the site of the permanent makeup do to the fact that the body perceives the pigment as a potential threat. Excessive scarring, known as keloids, are also possibilities. In very rare cases, the pigment can even cause future difficulties when undergo medical tests. Tattooed individuals occasionally report burns or swelling after MRI scans.

While all of these are noteworthy potential complications, the most frightening for many people has not yet been mentioned. The most commonly reported issue with permanent make-up is dissatisfaction. Whenever a person entrusts another to create a lasting mark of his or her body, there is a risk that the outcome will not be desirable. When the markings are made on the face and will remain there for several months or even years, an unfavorable result can be downright devastating and removal problems are common. If you are looking for fuller lashes, then you might be better to consider Latisse, the application of which is often overseen by an HCG doctor. If the goal is a fuller lip, then there are certainly ways to create the look with traditional make-up or filler injections. Finally, for those who suffer from scarring, laser spas have had fabulous success in reducing the look and feel of damaged skin. These might be better bets for a lovely and lasting result.

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4613 Bee Caves Rd #105-B
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 337-2466

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The Complete Collection of Leftover Turkey Recipes Now for Sale on Amazon!

So the holidays are over and you’re stuck with a refrigerator full of leftovers. Sound familiar? After all the planning, cooking and clean up, the last thing you want to do is cook, right? Think again! We’ve gathered together all the most popular leftover Thanksgiving turkey recipes in one collection. Plus, we’ve added a lot more recipes that put a new twist on some of those old favorites and other recipes that don’t bear any resemblance at all to the old standbys.

We’ve all heard of after-holiday turkey recipes like Turkey Tetrazzini or Turkey Soup, but how about a Penne Pesto Turkey Salad? Instead of a plain old turkey sandwich, why not put together something just as easy, but really spectacular—like a Turkey Cranberry Wrap.

Those are just a few examples of the gourmet food you can make right in your own kitchen with turkey leftovers. You won’t believe the variety! And they’re all easy and delicious. Just look at a few examples:

  • Pesto Turkey Spaghetti: Combine store-bought pesto, veggies and turkey to make a scrumptious after-holiday dish that tastes like it came from your favorite Italian restaurant.
  • Couscous Turkey Salad: Who says turkey has to be boring? This delicious and healthy salad will rival anything you can buy from an expensive deli.
  • Turkey Enchiladas: From the rich cream sauce to the cheesy top layer, there’s only one word to describe this recipe—yummm!
  • Greek Turkey Salad: Feta cheese and greek olives team up with fresh vegetables for an unbeatable combination.
  • Curried Turkey Salad Sandwich: Never thought of using curry with turkey? Wait till you try it!

This is NOT your mother’s turkey recipe collection! We’ve included recipes for every meal—from breakfast to lunch to dinner to snack time—and nearly every combination of leftovers imaginable. These recipes don’t just use up your leftover turkey, but every other leftover that may be sitting in your refrigerator looking for a home. And if it’s ethnic food you like, you’ve come to the right recipe collection—from Italian to Mexican to Greek to Indian to Chinese. We’ve even included Southern and Creole recipes.

Let’s face it, in this economy none of us can afford to waste our food. Going out to eat is more expensive than ever. But with this recipe collection, you won’t have to waste anything and you won’t have to pay the bill and tip the waiter! You also don’t have to be an expert in the kitchen. Each of these turkey recipes is intended for REAL people, not television chefs. And the ingredients are basic and easy to find—in fact, you probably have most of them in your kitchen right now.

So what are you waiting for? Get ready for the holidays AND the days AFTER the holidays with our leftover turkey recipe collection. Your friends and family with thank you once they dig into one of these delicious dishes. And you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing that you’re saving money. Now that’s what we call a win-win!

Martha’s other title covering holiday drink recipes can also make a great stocking stuffer!

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3 Dental Services You Should Consider Now

A visit to the dentist is probably never going to be the single most exciting event on your calendar, but these days, it’s not only a necessary evil, for most, it’s necessary for a variety of reasons. With today’s advanced techniques, dental professionals can improve your smile at every turn and the look of your teeth, and in an increasingly appearance-conscious society, this is a must for many. If you’ve only been visiting your local dental office for a cleaning here or an exam there, you may have missed some of the best dental services out there. This quick guide, though, can help you find the right one to meet your needs.

One of the best new services out there is one that truly helps the look of your teeth. Invisalign in Austin is one popular procedure. It’s a way to straighten your teeth without the hassle of braces or other long term procedures that require a mouth full of metal. They can work to straighten your teeth over a period of about eighteen months, depending on your mouth at the outset of treatment. Completely transparent and removable, they’re a solution you’ll want to consider if you’ve always been concerned about the state of your teeth.

In addition to a straightening procedure like Invisalign, you may also want to think about a brighter smile. Teeth whitening in Austin is growing in popularity, and it’s little wonder why. In just a few visits to your dentist’s office, you could have the bright smile you’ve spent a lifetime searching for, and that bright smile can lead to great things. It not only makes you want to smile more, it could be the key to a big promotion at work or even booking a big new account your boss will love. While teeth whitening was once a dangerous, expensive procedures, these days there are many safe alternatives that offer you a brilliant smile for half the cost of old procedures. What’s more, though, is that there are both in-office and at home whitening ideas that will truly get the job done.

The final dental treatment you may want to consider is composite bonding. This is a great way to deal with teeth that have been chipped, broken, or decayed over time. The basic goal is to make them look like your other teeth, and a material called dentin can be applied to the surface, then sculpted to look like the surface of your tooth. The result is fantastic, too. You can’t tell the repaired tooth from the others in your mouth, so you get the natural look you’ve been searching for.

While cleanings and checkups are an absolute must in terms of oral health, there are lots of great new procedures you may want to consider as well. Talk with your dentist about what’s available in your particular situation, then make plans to get the smile makeover you truly deserve.


About the Author: Bobby Milton has worked in the dental industry for over 20 years and writes and lectures on many different dental topics

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When should you consider Botox?

Whether it is for medical reasons or as a cosmetic solution to problem areas, Botox injections in lips in Austin is a viable option. As a medical tool, Botox has been used to treat a myriad of ailments. Botox injections can be used to treat abnormal muscle tightening, body tremors, and other symptoms. The miracle substance, as some refer to as, is also used to treat excessive sweating of the hands, underarms, or sweating that occurs during or after eating. It can also be used to treat types of wrinkles in the face, and even certain types of migraines. It can work wonders for skin rejuvenation Austin Texas. Children with cerebral palsy have been given Botox to improve their ability to move, as have adults who have suffered a stroke.

Botox for Migraines Injected into the muscles of the brow, eyes, forehead, side of the head and on the back of the neck where it meets the head, Botox has been shown to provide months of relief to those who suffer from the horrendously impairing condition. For many this is the only solution as migraine medications can cause severe side-effects and migraines themselves can be so relentless that they leave sufferers locked in a dark, silent room fighting the urge to vomit.

Botox for Uncontrollable Movement Another time that one might be wise to consider the injected serum is when he or she suffers from tremors of the neck, head, or shoulders. These are often side effects of more serious conditions such as MS and other neurological disorders. While Botox cannot treat the underlying problem, it can help with the irritating shakes that accompany it.

Botox to Improve Movement Patients that suffer from conditions that affect motion, such as a form of cerebral palsy called hemiplegia, have found some relief thanks to Austin best Botox. Most commonly used in children that suffer from the disease, scientists and researchers are finding that Botox injected into the arm of the patient provides improved movement by relaxing the over-tightened muscle.

Botox for Cosmetics BOTOX Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines, between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), and elsewhere on the face in people eighteen to sixty-five years of age. It is considered a temporary solution and would need to be repeated every so often to ensure the effects continue. Facial fillers Austin, TX can be quite effective in procuring younger and smoother skin. Jessners peel Austin, Texas are especially for those cases where a medium depth skin peel is necessary and will provide more benefits. Cellex c anti-aging products can help the youthful appearance last longer and make your skin feel better. As well, a spray tan also help your skin glow with a radiant tan.

The Downsides of Botox
Injections may spread from the area of this facial treatment and cause symptoms of botulism, severe or life threatening difficulty breathing or swallowing. People who develop difficulty swallowing during treatment with this medication may continue to have this difficulty for several weeks. These symptoms may occur in patients of any age range, but they are not reported in those receiving doses for frown lines, blepharospasm, or strabismus. Most likely to suffer these symptoms are the children who receive the treatment for abnormal muscle tightening. Thus, it is very important to consult with your physician before receiving Botox treatments to ensure that you, or your child, are not at high risk for complications. Those who receive the treatments will be alerted to contact a doctor if they experience any of the following symptoms post-treatment: loss of strength or muscle weakness, double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing, breathing, or speaking, or inability to control urination. Talk to your local laser spa austin about the necessary precautions regarding this procedure. Ask us about laser hair removal too.


About the Author: Roxanne Jones has written extensively about the medical spa industry and enjoys informing consumers about the many options in this field

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