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 Scottsdale 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. 

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 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.

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.

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. 

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