Arcadia Dentistry
Matthew Milana, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We love to answer any questions our patients may have about cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, sleep apnea treatment, or any other of the dental services we offer in Phoenix, AZ.

At Arcadia Dentistry, patient education is a priority to us. Informed patients are less anxious regarding dental procedures and are active participants in their oral health. Please feel free to contact us and let us know if you have any questions that are not addressed below. 

 

Other

At Arcadia Dentistry, We accept most benefit plans that allow you to choose the dentist. We are in-network with many insurance plans. Cindy will happily check your benefits & calculate any co-pays.

Our Insurance Providers

Below is a list of insurance providers we accept:

  • Delta Dental
  • Aetna
  • Guardian
  • Assurant DHA
  • United Concordia
  • Cigna PPO
  • GEHA
  • Maverest
  • Zelis
  • Ameritas
  • Metlife PDP+
  • Meritain
  • Principal
  • Reliance Standard 

We Can Answer Any Insurance Question

If you have any questions about your insurance provider or which dental procedures they cover, we are happy to go through your benefits and communicate with your insurance. We understand how confusing and baffling the maze of insurance benefits and coverage can be to navigate. 

At our Phoenix dental office, our goal is to make your life easier in any way we can. Give us a call at any time, we look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Milana graduated from Marquette University in 2001. He completed a General Practice residency and moved to Phoenix in 2002. He went on to obtain a certificate in advanced education for general dentistry and continues to take over 100 hours of post-graduate dental training every year, learning about many of the newest dental techniques available in dentistry today. In 2006, he opened a dental office and moved into the current location in 2012. 

Does Dr. Milana Have Dental Experience?

Aside from his vast formal education and continuing education, Dr. Milana was born into the dental field. He is the fourth dentist in his family—his grandfather and two uncles also being dentists. His father, two brothers, two uncles and cousins are all dental laboratory technicians who specialize in custom fabricating dental crowns. Dr. Milana had the unique experience of growing up and spending time in the dental lab and understanding the process of restoring and improving people's smiles and lives. 

Contact Us Today

You could say that dentistry runs in his blood, and that passion shows through in his work and patient care. If you want to meet and get to know Dr. Milana and the entire Arcadia Dentistry team, visit our Phoenix, AZ dental office today or give us a call to book your next dental appointment with us! We can't wait to meet you and the entire family!

Arcadia Dentistry is located at 4214 E. Indian School, Rd., Ste. 102, Phoenix, AZ 85018. You can find us between Camelback Flowershop and Metier Pharmacy at the northeast corner of 42nd Place and Indian School. We also serve the adjacent communities of Biltmore and Paradise Valley.

What to Do in Beautiful Arcadia

From 1919 to the mid-1950s, the Arcadia area was occupied by citrus farmers. Today, Arcadia is typically located at the top of the list of best places to live in the Phoenix Metro area.

It is ideally located for work and fun and is known for its vibrant culture, wonderful restaurants, plush landscape, and walkability! Take the family to visit Phoenix Zoo or the nearby Desert Botanical Gardens filled with interesting local flora.

Recreational Opportunities in Arcadia

Arcadia High School is located east of our dental office and is close to popular hiking destinations, such as Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak. With the proximity to Camelback Mountain, hikers have plenty of trails to choose from, including Echo Canyon trailhead and Cholla trailhead.

The Arcadia neighborhood is also popular with the local cycling scene, and Campbell/Lafayette is one of the main cycling corridors in Phoenix.

Schedule an Appointment

We would love to welcome you to our Phoenix dental office. Please call us today at (602) 603-7856 to schedule an appointment.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Of course not!

There's no such thing as too young or too old at Arcadia Dentistry. We are happy to have helped everyone from young children to over 100 achieve & maintain the smile they've always wanted. Discuss your concerns with Dr. Milana and see find out how we can help.

You Can Always Improve Your Smile

Even if you've been living with the same smile for your entire life, it's never too late to enhance it. It's within your power to improve your quality of life and feel better about yourself. Good looking teeth are lovely to look at, at any age. In fact, as we age, our teeth become an indicator of our health and vigor. Straight, white teeth are a symbol of youth and health. 

If you are ready to improve your smile, we can help give you something to smile big about. Nothing makes our Phoenix patients happier about their appearance than a gorgeous smile. 

Dental veneers in Phoenix, AZ, conceal a myriad of cosmetic flaws and can dramatically change your smile, making them a patient favorite.

These thin strips of porcelain, lauded by celebrities and models, are customized to look natural in your mouth and can hide the following issues:

  • Short or worn teeth
  • Gummy smiles
  • Tooth stains and discoloration
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Unusually shaped teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Cosmetic chips and cracks

However, it typically takes more than one day to be fitted with quality dental veneers.

First, the dentist examines your teeth to ensure veneers are a suitable cosmetic option. Then we take impressions and forward the results to a trusted lab for veneer fabrication. Finally, you come in when your veneers are ready for treatment and placement.

Treatment involves removing a bit of tooth enamel to ensure a comfortable and natural-looking fit. Because we remove some enamel, we consider veneers permanent. That means you’ll need to replace them if they become damaged in the future.

For Porcelain Veneers, Contact Your Phoenix, AZ Dentist

Contact a team member today to learn more about dental veneers or our other cosmetic dentistry options. And when you’re ready to arrange your consultation, we are happy to get you started.

As we age, we may start to notice that our teeth become more yellow or dull no matter how much we brush and floss. 

The good news is that you can invigorate your tooth color and bring it back to its natural whiteness. 

How Teeth Whitening Works

You can't see it, but your enamel has pores that can allow food particles to enter and make your smile appear dull. Aging thins our enamel out, and the layer of yellow dentin more visible. Additionally, what we eat and drink can stain our teeth. Smoking is also a common reason for yellowing teeth. 

Professional teeth whitening can remove all these stains and whiten your smile by six to eight shades, and all of this can be done on your lunch hour. We use Boost whitening for in-office treatments. If you prefer the convenience of whitening your teeth at home, we offer take-home whitening kits for your convenience. We use Opalescence teeth whitening for at-home use.  

Dental Cleanings in Phoenix, AZ

At Arcadia Dentistry, Dr. Milana will usually recommend a dental cleaning prior to the whitening treatment. This gives your teeth a uniform whiteness so that you have a bright, polished smile. 

If you would like to learn more about the professional whitening treatments, please give our Phoenix dental office a call at any time.

 

Teeth turn yellow for a variety of reasons, including age, smoking, and certain medications.

As enamel wears away over the years, you may notice a yellow appearance to your teeth. This is because the layer beneath, which has a yellowish hue, is showing through.

Smoking or tobacco use in any form can also lead to yellow or discolored teeth.

Certain antibiotics can also play a role.

Your Arcadia, AZ dentist will examine your teeth to help determine the cause of your discoloration. In many cases, we can brighten and whiten your smile again with professional teeth whitening.

In our dental office, we offer professional-grade teeth whitening, which is superior to store-bought systems. Your dentist also makes sure that teeth whitening is a safe option for you. Considerations include restorations and any oral health conditions.

If your dentist decides that professional teeth whitening in Arcadia, AZ will work for you, we take impressions of your teeth, create custom whitening trays, and send you home with these trays and our whitening gel. You can whiten on your own time as long as you follow the instructions provided by our dental office.

Contact Our Dental Office Today

If you would like to schedule a tooth whitening consultation, we are here to help get you started.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns are hollow tooth covers cemented over treated teeth. Because they are custom-crafted, they will always match your smile and function as expected. Tooth crowns in Phoenix, AZ, also support weak teeth, conceal tooth flaws, and play an essential role in tooth replacement.

If you need a dental crown, your dentist prepares the tooth, clearing away old filling material and jagged bits of enamel. This is not a painful process. In fact, dental crowns can eliminate the pain you feel if you have a deeply decayed tooth. This is because the crown acts as a buffer between that tooth and your chewing force.

We use dental crowns to:

  • Anchor a dental bridge of restoring teeth
  • Top a single dental implant post when a tooth is missing
  • Cover tooth flaws, chips, shape issues, and discoloration
  • Support a weak, vulnerable, or fractured tooth
  • Restore stability after a root canal treatment

Contact Your Phoenix, AZ Dentist to Restore Your Smile

We offer quality, tooth-colored restorations to repair smiles and function. If you’re considering a dental crown or if you would like to arrange a consultation to discuss your options, reach out to a helpful team member today. We are always happy to help patients achieve healthy and beautiful smiles.

Dental crowns in Phoenix, AZ, are made of quality materials for a long-lasting restoration. We also meticulously place your crown for optimal comfort and function.

A well-cared-for dental crown can last for 15 years or longer. In some cases, they have lasted for decades and even for life.

The key to tooth crown longevity is brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist for checkups and teeth cleanings. Additionally, you should avoid biting into hard things like ice or chewy foods like taffy with your dental crown. And always talk to your dentist if you suspect bruxism (nocturnal grinding and clenching).

If you need a dental crown, it may be that you’ve had a root canal, and the tooth needs stability. Other reasons your dentist recommends a tooth crown include tooth trauma. Some patients choose a dental crown to conceal a tooth flaw or discoloration. Tooth crowns also work to support dental implants—capping the artificial root—and anchor a dental bridge to supporting teeth.

A dental crown is a tooth cap-shaped and shaded to match your teeth.

Do You Need a Dental Crown in Phoenix, AZ?

A dental crown may be the solution if you have a broken or deeply decayed tooth. Contact our dental office today to arrange your consultation?

Tooth loss negatively influences your self-esteem, including your desire to smile and ability to enjoy a diverse diet. But missing teeth also impact your oral health. Fortunately, your Phoenix dentist offers solutions.

Let’s look at how tooth loss impacts your oral health and why it’s important to replace missing teeth.

How Tooth Loss Impacts Oral Health

What Is Tooth Migration?

When teeth are lost, remaining teeth naturally shift toward these convenient openings. Eventually, you’re left with new smile gaps and an uneven bite surface. When your bite surface is not straight, certain teeth are taxed with doing most of the chewing. Over time, this can lead to tooth wear, fractures, and cavities.

What Is Bone Loss?

If you lose a tooth, the valuable root no longer stimulates the jawbone. Without stimulation, the jawbone deteriorates, leaving you with a sunken or prematurely aged appearance around the lower face, especially in profile.

What Is Bruxism and TMJ

Tooth loss and the resulting tooth migration have been associated with bruxism and TMJ. Bruxism means you grind and clench your teeth during sleep, which can lead to severe complications like tooth loss, jaw and upper-body pain, and migraines. TMJ means inflammation or dysfunction of the joint that links your lower jaw to your lower face, a painful condition that makes chewing difficult.

Tooth Replacement Options, Including Dental Implants in Phoenix, AZ

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement because they address all tooth loss complications, including tooth migration.

Dental implants are the only option that restores your tooth root to restimulate your jawbone against deterioration.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root surgically implanted in your jawbone. After several months, this new root integrates into the bone, saving it from loss and creating a stable base for a replacement tooth.

Options for dental implants include single implants and implant-retained restorations like dentures or bridges. It typically takes four to six replacement roots to fix a denture but perhaps only a single implant to secure a dental bridge.

Your dental implant requires no distinct maintenance other than brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist twice yearly for checkups and teeth cleanings. They are natural-looking, long-lasting, and function like natural teeth.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge closes the gap in your smile by bridging the space with one or two replacement teeth. These teeth are then secured to the healthy adjacent teeth to the left and right of the smile gap, allowing the replacement teeth to fill the space.

For a dental bridge to work without an implant, it’s crucial that the supporting capped teeth are healthy enough to support the restoration.

For best results, a dental bridge requires a floss threader and specialty cleaning brush to keep plaque and debris away from the gumline.

Like dental implants, a dental bridge is a fixed restoration that can only be removed by your dentist. But unlike dental implants, a dental bridge does not guard against bone loss.

Taking Care of Your New Smile

Dental implants are famous for their longevity, and with proper care, they have been known to last a lifetime. Even if you have to replace the attached crown or restoration, your implant itself (artificial tooth root) is often still viable.

The dental bridge should be cleaned with a floss threader and specialized cleaning brush for best results.

Maintaining your new smile and restorations is about gum health—this is true even if you have full tooth loss and a prosthetic.

Contact Your Phoenix, AZ Area Dentist Today

To learn more about your tooth replacement options and what will work best for your smile goals, give us a call today. And don’t forget to ask a member of our team about financing options through CareCredit and GreenSky financing. We are also happy to work with flex spending programs and HSAs.

We proudly serve all areas, including Arcadia, Camelback East, Scottsdale, and your location.

Dental Implants

No matter your current oral condition, almost anybody can be a candidate for dental implants to restore missing teeth. 

If you have one or multiple missing teeth, dental implants may be the best tooth-replacement option for you. The implant anchors to your jaw bone and starts acting like a tooth root. Dental implants are an attractive and functional tooth restoration. 

Who Is a Good Implant Candidate?

Using our digital x-ray, we can determine if you have enough bone structure to support a dental implant placement. If Dr. Milana finds that you need more bone structure to support the dental implant, he may recommend bone grafting therapy to support the implant. We will go over all your dental options with you in order to restore permanent dental health and tooth function. 

Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation!

If you have a missing tooth that shows when you smile, we can discuss your candidacy for a dental implant. Call our Phoenix dental office today to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Milana. Together we can create a smile treatment plan to reach your specific smile goals!

Do you have one or more missing teeth and are considering restoring them? Aside from the obvious impact of how a gap in your smile appears to others, there are also oral health concerns that are tied to missing a tooth. 

One of the most popular treatments for filling the gap remains dental implants. They are durable, reliable, and permanent—three great traits if you're ready to invest in your smile. 

Unlike dental bridges and dentures which sit above the gum line, dental implants in Arcadia, AZ fuse to your jaw bone and act like a tooth root. After the surgery, the healing process might take several months, after which patients can feel secure knowing their dental prosthetic will never shift or fall out. 

Your dentist in Arcadia, AZ can help determine if dental implants are the right option for you.

Will the Dental Implant Process Hurt?

Dr. Matthew Milana and his entire dental team work hard to create a warm and welcoming environment for patients. We always administer a local anesthetic to the site to numb the area, ensuring that patients never feel anything throughout the procedure. 

The only time that could potentially be uncomfortable is right after the surgery, which is typical for any surgical procedure. Your dentist in Camelback East can prescribe any necessary pain medication or recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever to help patients feel relaxed.

The Healing Process

Once the anesthesia wears off, patients might take a pain reliever if there is any pain. 

  • Do not use straws for 24 hours after the surgery
  • There will be minor swelling for the next few days
  • The day after the procedure, rinse your mouth with salt water several times a day
  • Avoid hot food or beverages for 48 hours
  • Stick to a liquid diet for up to 48 hours
  • Avoid smoking—smoking can hinder healing
  • Use over-the-counter medication for discomfort

Call to Schedule Your Appointment

Through anesthesia and sedation dentistry, patients will never feel any pain or discomfort. If you are interested in restoring your missing teeth, give our Phoenix, AZ dental office a call today.

Dental implants are the tooth replacement option most recommended by dentists. They are an investment in the future of your oral health, restoring function and aesthetics long term.

Let’s look at how they work and talk about dental implant costs in Phoenix, AZ.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium-based posts that stand in for missing tooth roots. These strong replacement roots are surgically implanted into the jawbone, integrating across several months. But before implant placement, your dentist makes sure the area is thoroughly numb and that you are relaxed.

After integration finishes, your dentist caps your implant with a dental crown. We can also place one to six implants to fix a dental bridge or implant denture, respectively.

Why Dental Implants?

Several oral health changes occur when you lose teeth, and none of them are good for teeth and gums. While all tooth replacement options address some tooth loss complications, only dental implants tackle them all.

Complications from tooth loss include migrating teeth. This issue means that teeth shift and move toward the new smile gap, throwing off your bite surface and promoting tooth wear, cavities, and even gum disease. Tooth migration has also been associated with bruxism and TMJ.

Bruxism is the nocturnal habit of grinding and clenching the teeth, leading to tooth loss and significant jaw, head, neck, and shoulder pain. TMJ means painful and disruptive dysfunction of your lower jaw joint, which contributes to speech, chewing, and normal mouth function.

Tooth loss also promotes jawbone loss because tooth roots are no longer in place to stimulate and keep the bone viable. This is one area where dental implants have a clear edge over other tooth replacement options. Because they are a root and a tooth, implants promote jawbone viability.

Dental implants are also the only maintenance-free option. You care for them like natural teeth—brush, floss, visit your dentist.

Finally, dental implants are synonymous with longevity. With proper care, implants can last for decades or even for life!

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost Near Arcadia, AZ?

Dental implant cost is hard to gauge without consulting with your implant dentist. Because no two implant placements are alike, it is impossible to guess the final charge. Considerations include:

  • Number of implants being placed
  • Single implants or implant-retained prosthetics
  • Needed pretreatments to make you an implant candidate
  • Insurance stipend for tooth replacement

Pretreatments for dental implants may include bone grafting for jawbone deterioration or a sinus lift for upper dentures. However, your dental implant dentist in Phoenix, AZ can determine the final cost during your consultation.

How Can I Lower My Risks for Future Tooth Loss?

Dental implants are the next best thing when it comes to tooth loss. However, nothing beats your natural teeth. The best ways to promote their longevity include:

  • Brushing after every meal or twice each day
  • Flossing once or twice daily
  • Scheduling and keeping two dental checkups and teeth cleaning appointments per year

You should also talk to your dentist about any oral health changes promptly, including:

  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tooth sensitivity

With excellent dental care and regular brushing and flossing, you can expect a healthy and lasting smile.

Reach Out to Your Arcadia, AZ Area Dentist for More Information

To find out more about our tooth replacement options, including dental implants in Phoenix, AZ, contact a team member today. And don’t forget to ask a member of our team about financing options through CareCredit and GreenSky financing. We are also happy to work with flex spending programs and HSAs.

Our patients come to us from all locations, including Arcadia, Camelback East, Scottsdale, and your neighborhood.

Tooth loss negatively influences your self-esteem, including your desire to smile and ability to enjoy a diverse diet. But missing teeth also impact your oral health. Fortunately, your Phoenix dentist offers solutions.

Let’s look at how tooth loss impacts your oral health and why it’s important to replace missing teeth.

How Tooth Loss Impacts Oral Health

What Is Tooth Migration?

When teeth are lost, remaining teeth naturally shift toward these convenient openings. Eventually, you’re left with new smile gaps and an uneven bite surface. When your bite surface is not straight, certain teeth are taxed with doing most of the chewing. Over time, this can lead to tooth wear, fractures, and cavities.

What Is Bone Loss?

If you lose a tooth, the valuable root no longer stimulates the jawbone. Without stimulation, the jawbone deteriorates, leaving you with a sunken or prematurely aged appearance around the lower face, especially in profile.

What Is Bruxism and TMJ

Tooth loss and the resulting tooth migration have been associated with bruxism and TMJ. Bruxism means you grind and clench your teeth during sleep, which can lead to severe complications like tooth loss, jaw and upper-body pain, and migraines. TMJ means inflammation or dysfunction of the joint that links your lower jaw to your lower face, a painful condition that makes chewing difficult.

Tooth Replacement Options, Including Dental Implants in Phoenix, AZ

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement because they address all tooth loss complications, including tooth migration.

Dental implants are the only option that restores your tooth root to restimulate your jawbone against deterioration.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root surgically implanted in your jawbone. After several months, this new root integrates into the bone, saving it from loss and creating a stable base for a replacement tooth.

Options for dental implants include single implants and implant-retained restorations like dentures or bridges. It typically takes four to six replacement roots to fix a denture but perhaps only a single implant to secure a dental bridge.

Your dental implant requires no distinct maintenance other than brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist twice yearly for checkups and teeth cleanings. They are natural-looking, long-lasting, and function like natural teeth.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge closes the gap in your smile by bridging the space with one or two replacement teeth. These teeth are then secured to the healthy adjacent teeth to the left and right of the smile gap, allowing the replacement teeth to fill the space.

For a dental bridge to work without an implant, it’s crucial that the supporting capped teeth are healthy enough to support the restoration.

For best results, a dental bridge requires a floss threader and specialty cleaning brush to keep plaque and debris away from the gumline.

Like dental implants, a dental bridge is a fixed restoration that can only be removed by your dentist. But unlike dental implants, a dental bridge does not guard against bone loss.

Taking Care of Your New Smile

Dental implants are famous for their longevity, and with proper care, they have been known to last a lifetime. Even if you have to replace the attached crown or restoration, your implant itself (artificial tooth root) is often still viable.

The dental bridge should be cleaned with a floss threader and specialized cleaning brush for best results.

Maintaining your new smile and restorations is about gum health—this is true even if you have full tooth loss and a prosthetic.

Contact Your Phoenix, AZ Area Dentist Today

To learn more about your tooth replacement options and what will work best for your smile goals, give us a call today. And don’t forget to ask a member of our team about financing options through CareCredit and GreenSky financing. We are also happy to work with flex spending programs and HSAs.

We proudly serve all areas, including Arcadia, Camelback East, Scottsdale, and your location.

General Dentistry

Of course not!

There's no such thing as too young or too old at Arcadia Dentistry. We are happy to have helped everyone from young children to over 100 achieve & maintain the smile they've always wanted. Discuss your concerns with Dr. Milana and see find out how we can help.

You Can Always Improve Your Smile

Even if you've been living with the same smile for your entire life, it's never too late to enhance it. It's within your power to improve your quality of life and feel better about yourself. Good looking teeth are lovely to look at, at any age. In fact, as we age, our teeth become an indicator of our health and vigor. Straight, white teeth are a symbol of youth and health. 

If you are ready to improve your smile, we can help give you something to smile big about. Nothing makes our Phoenix patients happier about their appearance than a gorgeous smile. 

At Arcadia Dentistry, We accept most benefit plans that allow you to choose the dentist. We are in-network with many insurance plans. Cindy will happily check your benefits & calculate any co-pays.

Our Insurance Providers

Below is a list of insurance providers we accept:

  • Delta Dental
  • Aetna
  • Guardian
  • Assurant DHA
  • United Concordia
  • Cigna PPO
  • GEHA
  • Maverest
  • Zelis
  • Ameritas
  • Metlife PDP+
  • Meritain
  • Principal
  • Reliance Standard 

We Can Answer Any Insurance Question

If you have any questions about your insurance provider or which dental procedures they cover, we are happy to go through your benefits and communicate with your insurance. We understand how confusing and baffling the maze of insurance benefits and coverage can be to navigate. 

At our Phoenix dental office, our goal is to make your life easier in any way we can. Give us a call at any time, we look forward to hearing from you!

We understand the burden of financial concerns when it comes to maintaining health and well-being. We ask our Phoenix questions to let us know if they are worried about not being able to afford necessary dental treatment, we do our best to work with you. 

An Ounce of Prevention

Correcting problems is alway much more time consuming & costly than prevention. Our team believes in showing you ways to maintain your mouth and prevent problems at home in addition to offering preventative solutions in our dental office. We always work with our Phoenix patients to ensure that they know the correct procedure for brushing and flossing, along with good nutrition and lifestyle habits to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Regular dental check-ups and examinations prevent further dental issues from becoming costly procedures. 

However, dental issues may still arise despite good preventive measures. In the case of a necessary dental procedure, we do offer various payment options to help work within your budget. Ask Cindy at the front desk about your financial options and what your insurance provider will cover. 

Don't Neglect Your Oral Health

At Arcadia Dentistry, we don't want any of our patients neglecting their oral health because of financial concerns. If oral issues are left untreated, they won't heal themselves. The problem will continue to grow and may result in tooth loss. Dr. Milana and his dental team do their best to work with you so that you don't have to compromise on your oral health. 

Dr. Milana and your dental hygienist will make sure you are as comfortable as possible at all times by using local or topical anesthetics. Please never hesitate to voice any discomfort so we can ensure a great visit!

We Want You to Enjoy Your Time with Us

At Arcadia Dentistry, your comfort is our priority.

Dental visits are a regular portion of maintaining your health, but just because they are necessary doesn't mean they should be stressful. Dental procedures should never be painful; we will always make sure that our Phoenix patients are comfortably numb and sedated depending on the procedure. If our patients are undergoing an invasive dental procedure, we can provide single-dose sedation valium to ensure that no pain or stress is felt. 

Contact Us

If you find that you are still anxious about a procedure or that you feel any discomfort, let us know immediately by calling our Phoenix, AZ dental office at (602)-957-2170

Invisible Braces

Many of our Phoenix patients love how gentle and reliable Invisalign is for straightening their teeth.

Traditional metal braces use wires to align teeth into position, but Invisalign uses a series of smooth aligners to shift the teeth gently. 

The dental technology associated with this orthodontic treatment is pretty impressive. Using 3-D technology to create a model of your smile, Dr. Milana can create a treatment plan that shows each step so that patients can anticipate each change. 

Knowing exactly how your teeth will move and being able to see a map of your treatment is one of the biggest positives of Invisalign. 

Once your first set of aligners is custom-fabricated, the next aligners in your set will be designed to be worn every one to two weeks.

Patients can see in real-time how their teeth are changing, which is a great reassurance to many.

Clear Aligners and Traditional Metal Braces

While Invisalign aligners and metal braces both pursue the same goal, there are notable differences that keep patients choosing Invisalign over and over. 

Invisalign is generally less uncomfortable than their traditional counterparts, and patients tend to feel less sore—plus, they don't have to worry about tearing up their cheeks or lips with brackets and wires!

While metal braces are fixed, aligners can be removed before brushing, flossing, eating, and to clean the trays. Aligners are also (thankfully) invisible, so they look more professional and rarely embarrass the wearer. 

Learn More About Invisalign

Call Arcadia Dentistry today so we can put you on the schedule with Dr. Milana. If you have teeth that could be straightened, we have the procedure you need. 

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that aligns teeth as an alternative to conventional wire and bracket braces. It consists of a series of clear, plastic trays that gradually move your teeth into a new position. Because your dentist takes accurate digital impressions of your teeth, you can be assured your aligners will fit tightly and comfortably.

Your treatment time will vary as each patient has unique issues with alignment, overbites, overlaps, gaps, or some combination of those problems. Every smile is different. Your average treatment time can be as little as six months up to two years.

To maintain your treatment, you will:

  • Wear your aligner 20-22 hours per day
  • Remove your aligner to eat and to brush and floss your teeth
  • Clean your trays with warm water and soak in a special tray cleaner
  • Change to your next tray after about 14 days
  • Continue with periodic dental visits to track your progress

You Can Watch Results Happen

One thing that helps you stick to your Invisalign treatments is watching the process unfold. As you wear each aligner for two weeks, you can see your teeth slowly move to their new alignment. This helps many patients feel inspired to maintain their treatment requirements faithfully.

How to Start Invisalign in Phoenix, AZ

The first step towards initiating Invisalign is to consult with the team at Arcadia Dentistry and see what the treatment can offer for you. So give us a call today and start on your journey to a perfect smile.

Invisalign in Phoenix, AZ, is an excellent way to straighten teeth without metal braces. But first, you must arrange a consultation with the dentist to ensure that Invisalign is suitable for your orthodontic needs.

If suitable, the Invisalign lab creates a series of custom tooth aligners, sometimes trays. You wear each one according to the schedule provided by your dentist before moving on to the next.

However, if you lose an Invisalign tray during treatment, it’s crucial to contact your dentist as soon as possible for a replacement or instructions. Sometimes, if it’s close to the time when you’re supposed to change your aligner, your dentist may allow you to change it early.

The best way to prevent aligner loss is to wear it all the time unless you’re eating or cleaning your teeth—at least 22 hours per day is ideal. When eating and cleaning your teeth, always keep your aligner in the exact location; that way, you’ll remember where you put it.

For More on Invisalign Clear Aligners, Contact Your Phoenix Dentist Today

Invisalign corrects orthodontic issues, which is excellent for self-esteem and oral health. To learn more or to arrange an Invisalign consultation with the dentist, give us a call today.

Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is a severe oral health complication resulting from advanced gingivitis. Fortunately, we provide gum disease treatment in Phoenix, AZ, to prevent serious complications like tooth loss and system health issues relating to the heart and lungs.

If you’re diagnosed with gum disease, it means advanced or widespread infections and inflammation across the periodontal ligaments and structures that support your teeth. Without treatment, you risk tooth loss and so much more.

Treating Gum Disease in Phoenix, AZ

Your dentist creates a treatment plan that addresses your specific level of gum disease. So, treatments may include:

  • At-home instructions for enhanced oral hygiene
  • Customized professional teeth cleaning schedule
  • Periodontal treatments in our dental office

Periodontal treatments may include root planing and scaling—recontouring gums to better adhere to teeth and cleaning gum pockets and roots for improved oral health. Your dentist may also recommend topical or oral antibiotic therapies.

Contact Your Phoenix Dentist for Periodontal Treatment Near Me

Gum disease is largely preventable with good habits like dental checkups, teeth cleanings, and an excellent oral hygiene schedule at home. We also recommend quitting tobacco to lower your gum disease risks.

Reach out today to arrange a dental checkup or periodontal assessment with the dentist.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, means a series of infections in the tissues and ligaments that support your teeth. Without treatment, gum disease can cost you your smile and influence your overall wellness.

Studies have linked it to:

  • Hearth health complications
  • Lung and respiratory issues
  • Low birth weight in babies
  • Premature labor
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Fortunately, your Phoenix dentist can treat gum disease to lower your risks for serious complications. However, it’s important to remember that gum disease is preventable even if it is hereditary in some families. In other words, healthy habits can mitigate your risks even if you have a family history of gum disease.

Healthy habits include:

  • Brushing and flossing twice daily or after each meal
  • Visiting your dentist every six months for checkups and teeth cleanings
  • Quitting cigarettes and tobacco in all forms
  • Reporting oral health changes to your dentist promptly

Gum disease starts as a curable condition called gingivitis. Regular dental checkups allow your dentist to catch gum disease in this early stage for the best results.

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We provide gentle and compassionate gum disease treatment and emphasize early diagnosis. To learn more or to get started, give us a call today.

Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers in Phoenix, AZ, conceal a myriad of cosmetic flaws and can dramatically change your smile, making them a patient favorite.

These thin strips of porcelain, lauded by celebrities and models, are customized to look natural in your mouth and can hide the following issues:

  • Short or worn teeth
  • Gummy smiles
  • Tooth stains and discoloration
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Unusually shaped teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Cosmetic chips and cracks

However, it typically takes more than one day to be fitted with quality dental veneers.

First, the dentist examines your teeth to ensure veneers are a suitable cosmetic option. Then we take impressions and forward the results to a trusted lab for veneer fabrication. Finally, you come in when your veneers are ready for treatment and placement.

Treatment involves removing a bit of tooth enamel to ensure a comfortable and natural-looking fit. Because we remove some enamel, we consider veneers permanent. That means you’ll need to replace them if they become damaged in the future.

For Porcelain Veneers, Contact Your Phoenix, AZ Dentist

Contact a team member today to learn more about dental veneers or our other cosmetic dentistry options. And when you’re ready to arrange your consultation, we are happy to get you started.

Dental veneers are custom-made tooth shells cemented to the fronts of teeth. To cement the veneer, your Phoenix, AZ dentist removes a bit of enamel to ensure a flush and natural-looking result. However, this does not hurt. There is no bleeding, swelling, or recovery time to disrupt your life!

Veneers are one of the most versatile of all tooth replacement options because they hide so many dental flaws, including:

  • Mildly crooked or twisted teeth
  • Gummy-looking smiles
  • Short or worn teeth
  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Unusual spacing between teeth
  • Asymmetrical teeth

The first step is learning whether veneers suit your smile goals and oral health profile. To do this, we arrange a friendly consultation with the dentist. At this initial appointment, you ask questions and share your concerns. And we take a medical/dental history and check your oral health to ensure everything is in good shape for veneer placement.

For Dental Veneers in Phoenix, AZ, Give Us a Call Today

Our patients have loved their dental veneers, and we suspect you’ll be thrilled as well. To arrange your consultation or, if you have any questions or concerns for the dentist, reach out to a member of our dental team today.

We look forward to learning more about your smile goals.

Dental veneers are an excellent choice for concealing tooth flaws like short teeth, discoloration, slightly crooked teeth, unusual spacing, and gummy-looking smiles. So, if you’re considering dental veneers in Phoenix, AZ, you likely have questions, including how they work and how long they last.

Veneers are thin but strong tooth shields customized to look like your natural teeth in color and shape. They are cemented to the forward surfaces of prepared teeth to transform your smile. You can treat one tooth or several, depending on your goals.

Because your Phoenix dentist prepares the teeth to be treated—removing a bit of enamel for a uniform and non-bulky finish—it’s crucial to replace your veneer if it is ever lost or damaged.

Dental veneers in Phoenix, AZ, can last up to a dozen years or longer, depending on a few factors. For example, never chew on ice with your veneers (or teeth) and continue to see your dentist regularly for checkups and teeth cleanings.

For Dental Veneers Near Me, Contact Our Dental Team

Dental veneers can be used by themselves or as a part of a smile makeover. To learn more or to arrange your consultation with the dentist, reach out to a helpful team member today.

Sleep Apnea and TMJ

Some dentists can diagnose and treat sleep apnea, including Dr. Milana at Arcadia Dentistry! 

Sleep apnea is characterized by irregular breathing patterns and lapsed breathing during sleep. There are three types of sleep apnea, but obstructive sleep apnea is what we most commonly treat. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when a person’s airway is blocked, inhibiting their ability to breathe properly.

Diagnosis and Treatment of OSA

Sleep specialists and physicians can typically diagnose sleep apnea by using digital or panoramic x-rays, visual exams, CT scans, and/or sleep tests. 

Depending on the patient’s condition, Dr. Milana may recommend oral appliance therapy. Some oral appliances patients use include night guards, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines, and mandibular advancement splints. These appliances are designed to fit in the mouth and open up the airway for easier breathing. 

Causes of OSA

OSA can occur for many reasons, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Enlarged oral tissues (i.e., tonsils, uvula)
  • Position of tongue, jaws, or teeth 
  • Excessive overbite
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Hormonal changes (i.e., menopause)
  • Large neck (in circumference)
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Use of sedatives (i.e., alcohol, medication)

Common Symptoms of OSA

Common symptoms of OSA include:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping or choking during sleep
  • Dry mouth
  • Jaw pain
  • Brian fog
  • Irritability
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Migraines
  • And more!

Your Phoenix sleep apnea dentist can help diagnose your sleep apnea and resolve your symptoms with modern dentistry and close collaboration with a local physician. 

Ready for a Full Night’s Sleep?

Our team of dental experts at Arcadia Dentistry works together with local trusted physicians to control sleep apnea and improve the lives of our patients. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment, please contact our Phoenix, AZ dental office. 

While snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea, not everyone who snores suffers from this sleeping disorder. At Arcadia Dentistry, we take your snoring seriously and can conduct a sleep study to rule out sleep apnea. 

How Can I Tell If I Have Sleep Apnea?

While our Phoenix may have one or multiple symptoms of sleep apnea, the only way to treat it is after conducting a sleep study. During a sleep study, your actions during sleep are recorded and monitored. Come into our dental office if you are experiencing any of the following:

Loud snoring
Gasping during sleep
Constantly feeling sleepy
Dry or sore throat in the mornings
Morning headaches
Irritability

Talk to Us About Your Symptoms 

If you know your sleep is affecting your daily routine, call Dr. Milana for a correct assessment. If we conclude that you suffer from sleep apnea, we can start to treat it so that you can get your life back on track. 

Call Arcadia Dentistry today to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Milana. Don't keep yourself—and your partner—up all night anymore!

Millions of American adults suffer from TMJ—a condition that causes jaw and neck pain, earaches, headaches, and many other painful symptoms. At Arcadia Dentistry, Dr. Matthew Milana understands how painful and stressful this condition can be and can ease your discomfort. 

After evaluating your needs through a comprehensive dental exam, our TMJ dentist in Phoenix will make recommendations for relieving your pain. In many cases, the most effective solution is a simple oral appliance worn at night while you sleep.

First, let’s take a look at what your TMJ is, why it’s causing pain, and the treatment approaches we use to relieve it.

What Causes TMJ Pain?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw to your upper jaw. The TMJ controls the up and down and side-to-side movement of your lower jaw and works with ligaments, bones, and muscles to help you speak and chew.

As one of the most-used joints in the body, it’s easily overworked and can become sore, just as a knee or elbow joint would after a workout. When a problem occurs with the TMJ, either in the way it functions or the pain it causes, dentists refer to it as TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

Other common causes of TMJ pain are teeth grinding or bruxism, malocclusion (bite problems), arthritis, or trauma to the jaw or face.

How Long Does TMJ Pain Last?

Treating the causes and symptoms of TMD requires an individualized approach, and our dentist in Phoenix, AZ develops a plan for treatment based on your needs. We understand that TMJ pain can take over your life, but we have solutions that can help manage it and provide the relief you so desperately need.

The good news is that many patients can work through their TMJ discomfort using these techniques and live full, happy, and productive lives.

Treatment to Relieve Your TMJ Pain

At Arcadia Dentistry, we like to start with conservative approaches first. Since stress is often a factor, we may recommend relaxation techniques like massage, yoga, and meditation.

Stress also leads to teeth grinding or bruxism, which is another common cause of TMJ pain, and many people grind their teeth during sleep without realizing it. In this case, relieving TMJ pain in Phoenix, AZ is as simple as wearing a nightguard over your upper teeth while you sleep.

The guard prevents your upper and lower teeth from contacting each other, which gives your TMJ a chance to rest and recover.

Call Us for TMJ Pain Relief in Phoenix

At Arcadia Dentistry, we will try to pinpoint the source of your TMJ pain so we can treat it and get you back to enjoying life to the fullest.

If you suffer from headaches, jaw joint pain, or soreness, give us a call right away. We will help manage your pain and increase your comfort levels. 

Tooth-Colored Fillings and Dental Bonding

Dental bonding in Phoenix, AZ, is one of the most inexpensive but effective cosmetic dentistry options around. It utilizes the same material you’d find in tooth-colored fillings. But in the bonding capacity, it conceals many tooth imperfections, including:

  • General flaws
  • Discoloration
  • Chips
  • Small gaps
  • Exposed root

Your dentist applies the composite resin material, spreads it to conceal or reimagine a specific tooth, and then sets it with a special light. It is non-invasive, budget-friendly, and ideal for hiding tooth imperfections.

Bonding works alone, or it can be incorporated into a smile makeover that addresses various needs, including missing and crooked teeth.

Typically, dental bonding treatments last for three years or longer, depending on many factors. We recommend avoiding or lowering your intake of tooth-staining foods and drinks to keep your bonding material free from stains.

Fortunately, your dentist can bond your teeth again in the future, and we can do so affordably.

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist in Phoenix, AZ, for More Information

Dental bonding and other cosmetic dentistry options can transform your smile, giving you the look you’ve always wanted. To learn more about our options or if you’re ready to arrange your consultation with the dentist, a team member is standing by to get you started today.

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