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A few reasons to get your old windows replaced

Before you consider getting full window replacements, you might save some money by using remedies to make those windows last longer.  You can scrape off dangerous old paint and replace it with new.  You can sand and cut off rot and replace the sashes with Windows Denvernew ones.  You can make them more energy efficient by going all around the window with sealant and/or caulking.  Or, you could use the tried and trusted method of covering your windows with sheet plastic during the winter months.  …Also comes with added privacy, that’s a perk right?  Some people prefer to just paint old windows over completely around the seams when they don’t open well anyway.  This obviously will keep you from being able to open it, but it will keep the cold air contained and it will keep anyone from trying to open it and getting hurt or breaking the window in the process.  Older windows that are heavy can be especially dangerous for children because they can stick or slam shut without warning.  So it some cases where you don’t want a small child opening the window even if it were working properly, you can save money by just painting it shut rather than replacing it.  These fixes are only temporary though, and they won’t always look the nicest.  So if you’re tired of getting by with plastic and pain, talk to a trusted window replacement and installation company about getting some new ones.

If your windows are 15 years old or more, you are likely already having issues and I don’t need to tell you that they probably need to be replaced.  As mentioned above, older windows stick, crack, break, or loosen and leave in too much outside air.  A window replacement is the best chance you have at giving your home a brand new look.  A window installation will leave you more energy efficient and modern looking.  Newer windows have a lot of cool features that you won’t mind, either.  Like built in blinds, tinting, a reverse-opening for easy cleaning, and multiple panels.  You don’t have to stick with boring old square windows that just open and close horizontally.  You can get panes that slide, fold out, or open inward.  You could even expand with a bay window in place of a regular large square window in your living room.  The possibilities are endless when you have a company involved that truly knows that they are doing and will charge you reasonably.

More energy-efficient windows mean lower heating and cooling costs right away.  Energy Star estimates that when your old windows are replaced with their approved windows, you can save almost 30% on your energy bills each year.  And just because they are efficient doesn’t mean they aren’t stylish and user-friendly.  So schedule a free consultation with a window replacement company to see what your budget will get you.  You never have to commit to anything right away; a consult would just give you a chance to see the potential in your new windows.

Oral surgery cannot be performed by your regular dentist

There are a number of conditions of the mouth that cannot be treated by a dentist alone.  When conditions get more complicated and move into the bones of the face, the help of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is required.  Here is a list of a few conditions that would require a consult with an oral surgeon right away.

  1. Impacted Teeth.  The last teeth to develop fully in the mouth are what we commonly call wisdom teeth.  To dentists they are known as third molars and they usually emerge from the gums at the end of a person’s teenage years.  In some people there is adequate room in the jaw for the teeth to fully emerge and stay, but for many there is not enough room and they must be removed.  When a molar is impacted, it means that it was unable to emerge through the gums because it was trapped between the gum tissue and the jaw bone.  The tooth will still try to emerge although it can’t, so the impacted tooth can cause swelling and pain and possibly even an infection.  If a tooth stays impacted for too long, the surround gum tissue and bone can develop cysts or become permanently damaged.  This is a problem that a dentist cannot treat without cutting into the bone and gum, therefore a surgeon is required.
  2. Other impacted teeth.  Not only the third molars, or, wisdom teeth, can become impacted even though they are the most common.  Other molars, cuspids, and bicuspids can also sometimes get caught and need surgical intervention.
  3. Dental Implants.  Implants are an option when your natural teeth are past the point of repair.  They may be too cracked, damaged, filled with cavities, discolored or otherwise unfit to do their job.  When this is the case, these permanent teeth can be removed and dental implants can take their place.  The implants are a permanent dental implantschange and require drilling to be done into the bone, so once again an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is the only one certified to do the procedure.  The new implants are placed on something resembling a screw which can then be “screwed” into a new opening created by the surgeon in the bone.  The original teeth are completely extracted for this procedure, so it can be a bit risky but the end result is wonderful when done correctly.
  4. Bone grafting.  After certain procedures that take out the tooth and its roots, the surrounding gums and bone tend to change anatomically due to the new gaping hole.  Bone grafting can be done to refill this hole with grafts that continue to grow, keeping the gums and surrounding bone solid and able to maintain its shape and function.  This procedure can save your mouth and is therefore very important and can only be done by a certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

If you ever need any of these procedures, or think you might, now you know who you should seek a consult with.  Choose the right surgeon for the job.