Author: Michael W. Herdon DDS

ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS PERMANENT?

     The short answer to the title of this little article is: Maybe. Maybe? “Hey, I was told that dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth and may be even better because they never get a cavity and never need a root canal” you say.       Well, digging deeper into this question we find that while we do have a great track record on the majority of dental implants lasting well over 30 years, we also must come to grips with the reality that implants can get into trouble. We see a condition called “periimplantitis”...

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What Is An “Audio Painting”? A different side of the doctor

By Dr. Herndon Photos By Leland Sklar & Lennie Herndon Musicians can be performers and entertainers, or they can be private players and singers that mostly work privately on their own or with friends. They can spend their musical time interpreting music written by others or they can be writers and creators of their own music. For example, I don’t consider myself an entertainer. I used to try to do that but never really enjoyed that part of being a musician. I remember being in front of several thousand people and telling a joke that no one laughed at....

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How To Grind An Ax, Preventing Periodontal Disease

  By Dr. Michael  Herndon, DDS Your teeth are your ivory! While we can replace teeth with dental implants, our teeth are still much more desired, right? I have been surgically placing implants and restoring them for over 35 years yet I still prefer to save teeth whenever possible because a good tooth is better than an implant. While implants are a wonderful replacement for teeth when needed, your teeth are your ivory. So I will take a moment and regrind the ax once again: If you have teeth that have crowns and the gums around the crowns are...

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS! (Gum Disease and Diabetes)

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF Since the Holidays are almost upon us and during that happy time we tend to consume lots of sweets (Sugar cookies and milk come to mind… Mmmm!), it is a good time to bring new research forward regarding the links between periodontal disease (gum disease) and diabetes. Recently there was a group of international specialists organized by the European Federation of Periodontology and the International Diabetes Federation that gathered to arrive at a consensus on this subject in order to develop guidelines of education for dentists, physicians, and patients. We have long known...

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THE LINK BETWEEN PERIODONTAL (GUM) DISEASE & CANCER

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF Early symptoms of many systemic diseases manifest themselves in the oral cavity months or even years before their detection through various medical tests. Many conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, low-birth-weight complications in pregnancy and pulmonary disease have been linked to periodontal disease. Lately, a link between periodontal disease and cancer has been suggested through several studies. Chronic inflammation has been the rationale behind the association look at specific types of cancers and gum disease. Cancers that have been associated with chronic gum disease are oral cancers, upper GI and gastric cancers, pancreatic...

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