6/11/2015 1:30:00 PM | Michael Bleeker

Originally developed in the 1920s for Hollywood stars, veneers are now a common and popular dental treatment, as a long-lasting and effective option for people who want a stunning, natural-looking smile. Veneers can be used to solve a wide range of dental issues, and can give you a Hollywood-perfect smile even if you're affected by more than one of the following problems:


Minor alignment issues can often be solved effectively—and much more quickly—with veneers. Getting veneers made and fitted requires only two or three dental visits, and as little as two weeks, whereas orthodontic solutions are applied over months or years.

Tooth discoloration

Sometimes, even professional tooth-whitening treatments can't whiten teeth that are severely discolored. In other cases, one or more teeth might have spot discoloration that can't be lightened. When this is the case, veneers can be used to create an even-colored smile.

Misshapen and uneven teeth

If teeth are too large or too small, or are shaped irregularly, it can affect much more than just your smile: it can also affect your bite and your ability to chew effectively. Veneers are a simple way to re-size and reshape problem teeth, and solve any problems that arise due to their irregular size or shape.

Chipped and broken teeth

Individual teeth can become cracked, chipped, or worn. If the tooth itself is healthy fitting a veneer is often the best way to restore its natural look.

Gaps between teeth

In most cases, gaps that develop between the teeth don't cause long-term oral health problems, and can be fixed effectively with cosmetic treatments like veneers. Gaps can be closed over time with braces, but you’ll often need a full set of braces, regardless of how many teeth actually need to be moved. For this reason, many patients prefer to cover gaps with veneers. Veneers provide a solution for treating gapped teeth that doesn’t take months or years to achieve.

Interested in learning more about veneers?

Give us a callto find out how Scottsdale, AZ dentist Dr. Michael Bleeker can give you a smile makeover with porcelain veneers.

5/22/2015 11:48:00 AM | Michael Bleeker

Individuals who are addicted to methamphetamine or crack cocaine succumb to a generalized dental erosion. There are several factors that contribute to the loss of the teeth due to drug addiction. The cascade of events is summarized here.

First, the ingredients used in preparing methamphetamine can include extremely corrosive materials such as battery acid, lantern fuel, antifreeze, hydrochloric acid, drain cleaner and lye. These ingredients cause Methamphetamine and crack cocaine to be highly acidic drugs.  The pharmacological action of these drugs impact the abuser’s physiological and psychological well-being, both systemically and orally. Individuals typically will undergo adverse changes in the production of saliva. These changes adversely affect function, flow and secretions. This leads to a condition called xerostomia or dry mouth. Xerostomia reduces both salivary components and the redundant salivary protective functions that defend against acids and microbial flora in the mouth. In addition, chronic methamphetamine or crack cocaine use induces mood swings, bipolar disorder and depression. These conditions are implicated in reduced salivary flow. Most of the medications used for the treatment of withdrawal symptoms are also known to reduce salivary flow.

Use of these drugs cause gastrointestinal disturbances including hyperacidity, gastro-esophageal reflux, nausea and vomiting. These disturbances propel gastric acid into the oral cavity, causing further erosive damage to the teeth and tissues. Drug abusers also show symptoms of hyperirritability leading to clenching and grinding of the teeth. Teeth grinding combined with the presence of erosion-causing acids and the lack of the neutralizing action due to reduced salivary flow promotes the loss tooth structure. Combine this with a high caloric junk food diet and the total negligence of oral hygiene and you get “Meth Mouth”.

Maricopa County is Arizona’s primary population center with 4,009,412 residents in 2013. Maricopa County includes the State capital, Phoenix.

The top five drugs identified among substances analyzed by the National Forensic Information System (NFLIS) from the Maricopa County area during 2013, in order, were marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and Oxycodone.

2013 saw a 5-year increase in treatment admissions for other opioids (opioids other than heroin) and cocaine-related inpatient hospital admissions in Maricopa County. Amphetamine-related hospital admissions increased during 2009-2013. The bulk of this increase was among patients age 40 and older. Heroin/opioid-related hospital admissions rose in 2013, extending an upward trend that has continued since 2005.Marijuana-related hospital admissions increased in the second half of 2013.
Drug abuse is a growing epidemic which ruins lives, families and the community. Identification of the problem and treatment are necessary to break the chain of dependency and regain a normal productive life.

As part of the road to recovery the dentition must be addressed. Our Scottsdale office offers a full spectrum of services including exams, radiographs, extractions, dentures, partial dentures and full mouth restorationincluding dental implants.

Dr Bleeker is a board certified specialist in complex restorative treatment. He will establish the best way to treat your condition and develop a treatment plan to address the problems and restore both function and esthetics.

Call the office to make an appointment at 480-306-8510.

Our skilled and caring staff will get you on the right track in no time.

Bassiouny, M. Dental Erosion Due to Abuse of Illicit Drugs and Acidic Carbonated Beverages. Gen Dent.2013;March/April:38-44.

Cunningham, J. Drug Trends in Phoenix and Arizona: 2013. Proceedings of the Community Epidemiology Work Group.June2014.

5/8/2015 2:30:00 PM | Michael Bleeker

Understanding Dental Implant Supported Dentures

Dentures have been around for a long time and so have the hassles that some patients live with because of them. The health benefits of having dentures are important to everyday life and many people live with the discomfort as a result. Dental implant supported dentures use advanced implant technology to diminish problems associated with traditional dentures.

What are dental implant supported dentures?

To understand how implants support dentures, it’s important to take a step back and understand the purpose of dental implants. When a tooth or teeth are missing, patients struggle with eating, digestion and sometimes their speech. Long-term effects involve the weakening of bone, gum health and integrity of surrounding teeth. A titanium post is implanted into the bone and through a process called osseointegration, the bone and post fuse together to create a strong and durable base for the prosthetic teeth or in this case, denture.

Denture wearers will often struggle to keep their dentures in place, especially the harder to fit lower denture. Dental implants are strategically placed (the number of implants varies by case) to hold the dentures in position. The dentures themselves are created to mold to your gums and attach to the implants. Implant supported dentures are screwed onto the dental implants and will require your dentist to remove them twice a year for proper cleaning.

Difference between supported and retained dentures.

Implant supported dentures have less movement than retained dentures as they are screwed to the dental implants until the dentist removes them for cleaning. Implant retained dentures snap onto the dental implants and patients are advised to remove them each night, clean them thoroughly and keep them out during sleep. The daily removal will eventually require replacement of the snaps. These patients will want to see their dentist to inspect for any damage to the denture and replacement of the retentive snaps.

Dr. MichaelBleeker of Scottsdale, AZ is a prosthodontist who specializes in the restoration of missing teeth and implant dentures. If you are looking to replace missing teeth, contact the office to find out more. Dental implant are used to replace a single tooth, several teeth or a full arch. Contact the office at 480-306-8510 to schedule an appointment.

1/28/2015 4:03:00 PM | Michael Bleeker

We're excited to announce the official launch of our Villa Canyon Prosthodontics blog.

We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

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