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The Emergency Dentist Burlington, MA Turns To

August 12, 2015

Woman holding digital x-ray at emergency dentistry burlinton trusts from complete dental careIf you or a loved one lost a tooth, injured their jawbone, or experienced severe pain or swelling of the mouth, would you call your dentist right away? Many patients say they wouldn’t because they don’t expect their dentist to be available in case of emergency. Instead, patients say they would go to the emergency room if the problem was severe, or call to schedule a regular appointment. At Complete Dental Care, Drs. James P. Kostas and Justin J. Cardarelli, encourage patients experiencing dental emergencies to call our practices immediately. We’re here to help you, and we always try to see our patients with dental emergencies right away. Your comfort and care are our top priority, and that means we’re available when you need us most. Call to find out more about emergency care from our Burlington, MA team or schedule your appointment today.

The Dentists Burlington Trusts – Complete Dental Care

August 3, 2015

Young boy smiling at dentists burlington trustsIf you recently moved to the Burlington, MA area or are looking for a new dental practice for any reason, the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Complete Dental Care is waiting for your call. Our state-of-the-art office offers unsurpassed quality with maximum comfort, allowing our patients to relax and enjoy their dental visit.  Call to schedule your first appointment today. We can’t wait to meet you.

Replace Your Missing Teeth with Dentures, Burlington

July 30, 2015

woman smiling showing great dentures burlington loves from Complete dental careIs your smile incomplete? Do you feel the first and sometimes only thing people notice about you is your missing tooth? Each year, millions of patients choose not to replace missing teeth due to fear, inability to pay for replacement, or simply believing that replacement is unnecessary. At Complete Dental Care of Burlington, MA Dr. James P. Kostas and his team encourage you to reconsider. Our practice offers numerous methods of tooth replacement whether you’re missing 1 tooth or several. At our office, we want each patient to achieve their optimal oral health, and that means having a full, healthy smile they’re proud to share. Call to schedule an appointment or find out more about your tooth replacement options today.

Emergency Dentistry, Burlington: Being prepared

July 16, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-466239056Your daughter’s wedding is tomorrow.  You have been running around like crazy making sure you are doing everything in your power to make her day special.  At the rehearsal dinner you reflect on how well everything has come together and you start to get excited for the long awaited day.  You reach for the fresh bread at the center of the table, take a big bite and….’CRACK.’  That front filling that has been there for years gives way at the worst moment you can think of.   It’s Friday night!  The wedding is at 1:00pm the next day and all you can think of is showing up as the Jack-o-lantern in all of the pictures!  Here at Complete Dental Care, James P. Kostas, DMD, P.C. we understand there is no truer dental emergency.  Our office is here to put your mind at ease in situations like these.  Dental emergencies can occur any time and any place; that’s what makes them an emergency!

Our Burlington office has recently expanded hours, increased coverage and added more providers to better serve the Middlesex County area.  With new office hours 6 days a week and being available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for dental emergencies, Complete Dental Care wants to make sure you are never without coverage.   Whether the emergency is esthetic, trauma, or infection related Dr. Kostas and are ready, willing and able to take care of you in your time of need.  We understand that our patients come first.  We understand that as service providers we are here to make your life easier, and better yet, we find happiness in doing so.  Our office is trained in the latest in dental technologies.  With the advancements of CEREC same day crowns we are equipped to provide you a beautiful porcelain replica of your tooth within 1 and a half hours.

Contacting our office in an emergency is easy!  Our convenient website directs you to our emergency number where you will be placed in direct contact with the office.  After hours, our system will send your message directly to one of our providers who will promptly respond to your needs.  Even if you are uncertain if you have a dental emergency, you can contact our doctors who can help you determine if immediate action needs to be taken.

Examples of dental emergencies include: Knocked out or avulsed tooth, discomfort or pain, large swellings, uncontrolled bleeding, and immediate esthetic concerns (including broken dentures).

Speed counts in saving a knocked out tooth.  That is why Dr. Kostas and are available 24/7 to help protect your smile.  If you do lose a tooth, contact our offices immediately and then follow these steps:

  1. Do not touch the root! You will be introducing bacteria and foreign particles to the part of the tooth that will be re-integrated.
  2. Rinse the tooth and ensure that all foreign particles are removed.
  3. Carefully try to re-insert the tooth back into its socket. Gently hold the tooth in place until you can see your provider
  4. If the tooth cannot be inserted it should be carried to the office in a medium. Milk works great and is usually accessible but saliva and water can work as well.  These mediums however, carry a less successful prognosis.

We’re here to Help in Any Dental Emergency

We at Complete Dental Care with Dr. Kostas hope that you never have to experience a dental emergency, but our promise to you is that we will be available and prepared if you ever should. Call us immediately in case of emergency.  We handle emergencies from all of Middlesex County including Burlington, Bedford, Woburn, Wilmington, Lexington and Billerica.

Improve Your Smile With Dental Implants

May 31, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-519555723Missing teeth can stand between you and a healthy, happier smile. We all want to look our best, and our teeth are no different. Missing teeth can be a confidence killer, but there is hope with dental implants from Dr. James P. Kostas at Complete Dental Care in Burlington, MA.


Implant Dentistry Overview

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. Losing teeth can be a drag and a confidence killer. Dental implants provide patients with the strength and stability to eat all the foods you love without struggling to chew. In addition, dental implants stimulate and maintain the jaw bone, thus avoiding bone loss and helping to preserve facial features. Dental implants in Burlington are getting the expert treatment.


Common tooth-loss factors:

  • Tooth decay
  • Root canal failure
  • Large cavities
  • Dental injuries
  • Gum disease (Periodontitis)
  • Trauma to the mouth (tooth injury)
  • Excessive wear and tear
  • Congenital defects

Implant dentistry services:

  • Quality, proven, reliable procedures
  • Exam and X-Rays
  • Placement of dental implants
  • Restoration to final results


The benefits to having dental implant dentistry are many including properly aligning your bite, natural-looking teeth, better oral health, bone loss prevention and so much more. Dental implant patients enjoy restored function, which allows a healthy diet of hard-to-chew foods, improved speech and more. Your new smile will boost your confidence, enhance your appearance and improve your quality of life.


Cosmetic Dentistry

The best cosmetic dentist in Burlington is Dr. Kostas – period. We can give you the smile you deserve! Some of our most popular cosmetic dentistry services include cosmetic bonding, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers. Cosmetic dentistry is important not only for your teeth and gums, but in the way you carry yourself. How your teeth look can have a huge effect on your confidence and how you interact with people. Having a bright smile is a powerful mood booster. Did you know that smiling often has many physical benefits like lowering blood pressure and improving your immune system? See how Dr. Kostas and his staff can improve your smile using the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures.


Make An Appointment Today

To schedule an appointment, please speak with our friendly staff located in Burlington, MA. We also serve the surrounding areas of Wilmington, Billerica, Woburn, Lexington, Bedford and beyond.

Why Endurance Runners Have More Cavities: Oral Health for Athletes

April 11, 2015

451855347A study conducted in 2014 aimed to evaluate the correlation between endurance training and compromised oral health, a relationship that had been previously discovered but not thoroughly investigated. Today, we’d like to take some time to talk about the various ways that endurance training can affect your oral health.

Running & Tooth Decay: What’s the Connection?

The two don’t seem to have much to do with one another at first glance. After all, exercise is good for you, right? People who work out regularly are typically less prone to health problems like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. But can your time at the gym actually give you cavities? According to a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, it certainly can.

Researchers studied 70 men and women, half of whom were triathletes who trained nearly 10 hours per week running, swimming, and cycling. The other half of the group was comprised of non-exercising controls to ensure the validity of the study. Tests included saliva assessment, dental exams, and questionnaires regarding oral hygiene habits as well as dietary choices during training. The researchers discovered that nearly half of the triathletes consumed sports drinks rather than water during exercise and that 74 percent used sports bars or gels.

Often full of carbohydrates and sugars, these products bathe the teeth in the types of compounds that acid-causing bacteria love to eat. This significantly increases the risk of dental caries, or cavities. A carb-heavy diet has also been linked to increased pH levels in the mouth, another problem that is commonly associated with cavities. It was also found that a decrease in saliva production – coupled with breathing rapidly through the mouth during exercise – contributed to an environment that is more conducive to enamel erosion.

Reducing Your Cavity Risk

Naturally, we’d never tell you to quit your running or exercise routine in order to preserve the health of your pearly whites. There are, however, some things you can do to mitigate potential damage. Staying hydrated is a top priority as it aids in proper saliva production. Avoid sugary sports drinks and snacks, and opt for a cool bottle of water and fresh fruits or cheeses instead. Of course, home hygiene is as important as ever, so be sure to brush and floss twice daily.

If you have any other questions about how exercise affects oral health, please feel free to give us a call. Our Burlington, MA dental office proudly serves patients from communities in Bedford, Woburn, Billerica, and beyond.

Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with Dr. James P. Kostas

February 11, 2015

178067812Since 1949, the American Dental Association (ADA) has celebrated the importance of children’s oral health every February. This year, we’d like to take the opportunity to emphasize the role that children’s dentistry plays in your little one’s smile and overall health. At Complete Dental Care, Dr. James P. Kostas offers a comprehensive range of general family dentistry services to patients in Burlington, MA, including gentle children’s dentistry.

Give Your Child’s Smile a Smart Start

Studies show that children who visit the dentist regularly tend to experience better oral health as adolescents and adults. Bringing your son or daughter into our office for routine checkups and cleanings will help to pave the road toward strong, beautiful smiles for years to come. Because we understand that many of your younger patients may feel apprehensive about visiting a strange place, we always strive to promote a calm, comfortable environment where they know they are safe and warmly welcomed.

As a parent, you do everything you can to keep your son or daughter healthy and happy. Because we respect you and your family, we will never recommend a treatment that is unnecessary; in fact, we want you to serve as our partners in your child’s oral health. You will always be fully informed of the state of your little one’s teeth and gum health, and our team will gladly answer any questions you may have in a way that is straightforward and easy to understand.

Schedule Your Child’s Dental Visit Today

Though National Children’s Dental Health Month does offer an ideal opportunity to raise oral health awareness for the kids in our community, our team believes that every day provides a new chance to build a solid foundation of healthy smiles for our youngest patients. If it has been more than six months since the last time your son or daughter visited the dentist, the time to call and make an appointment is now. We can’t wait to welcome the youngest smiles in your family to our Burlington, MA dental office. Our team also happily serves patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Woburn, Bedford, Billerica, and beyond.

Dr. Kosta’s Top Tips for Better Oral Health this Holiday Season

December 8, 2014

154311641December is upon us, and with the end of 2014 quickly approaching, families from across America are well into the festivities of the holiday season. Today, we’d like to take a moment to talk about a few ways you can keep your family’s smiles shining brightly throughout the merriment of December and on into the New Year. At Complete Dental Care in Burlington, MA, Dr. James P. Kostas and his caring team invite you to enjoy the bounties of this holiday season with these healthy smile tips.

  1. Indulge in holiday favorites – in Moderation! This time of year is well-known for its abundance of delicious treats, including everything from decadent dinners and desserts to candy canes and Christmas stocking surprises. We’d never tell you to abstain from your favorite goodies, but it is important to remember that moderation is key. Rather than graze all day on crackers, candy, cakes, and other popular holiday fare, try to stick to your regular three meals a day, always brushing and flossing twice a day as usual.
  2. Keep your sugar intake in check. The holidays simply wouldn’t be the same without pies, cakes, strudels, pastries, cookies, and so much more. Unfortunately, these sweet treats are full of the sugars oral bacteria love. The bacteria that live in our mouths convert sugars and starches to acid, and this acid is the cause of tooth decay and other serious oral health problems. Try to drink plenty of water while you eat and throughout the day, and try to avoid foods that are excessively sticky, chewy, or gummy.
  3. You can eat great food and still take care of your smile. Many of the foods we love to eat around the holidays are actually good for your teeth! Eyeing that assorted cheese platter? Go for it! The enzymes in many cheeses – including aged cheddar, Swiss, Gouda, Monterey Jack, and even processed American cheese – have actually been shown to reduce the acidity of the mouth, leading to a lower instance of dental caries. Milk, yogurt, and kefir are also great choices, as the calcium they contain strengthens tooth enamel.
  4. Schedule your routine visit to Complete Dental Care. Though the holiday season is undoubtedly a busy time for everyone, there’s always room for a simple, one-hour visit to our office for an exam and professional cleaning. These biannual preventive care appointments help to keep your smile strong and looking its best all year long, and they present the perfect opportunity to bring up any questions or concerns you might have about your oral health.

Schedule Your Visit Today

Celebrate this holiday season in style with a brilliant smile that’s as healthy as it is radiant. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kostas and his friendly, experienced team. We can’t wait to serve you and your family! Our Burlington, MA dental office warmly welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas of Bedford, Woburn, Billerica, and beyond.

Get Your Little One’s Smile Ready for Halloween! Children’s Dentistry in Burlington, MA

October 20, 2014

160141018Halloween is just around the corner, and children from across the country are gearing up to head out and stock up on the season’s tastiest sweet treats. While candy and Halloween undoubtedly go hand in hand, it is important to consider the dental damage your child’s holiday haul may cause.

Fortunately, this fun and festive fall holiday is the perfect time for children to get a head start on maintaining their oral health for the new year to come, and the team at Complete Dental Care is here to help. With a comprehensive range of preventive children’s dentistry services, Dr. James P. Kostas helps families from throughout Burlington, MA protect their precious smiles from common problems like gum disease and tooth decay.

Protecting Tiny Smiles with Preventive Children’s Dentistry

When it comes to your child’s smile, prevention truly is the best medicine. Keep cavities at bay this holiday season with protective dental sealants, fortifying fluoride treatments, and a solid home hygiene routine. Dental sealants help ward off cavities by keeping bacteria and food debris out of hard-to-reach crevices, and fluoride actively strengthens tooth enamel. Both treatments are safe and effective, proven to reduce the risk of developing cavities in conjunction with regular dental checkups.

Halloween Candy Buy Back

After the costumes have been put away and all of your child’s favorite treats have been carefully selected, you can bring the excess in to Complete Dental Care and give the gift of generosity to our troops overseas. With our Halloween Candy Buy Back program, your child will receive $2.00 per pound of donated candy (up to 5 pounds) during the week of November 3rd, 2014. We’ll send all of the goodies to the brave men and women of our military; now that’s a reason to smile!

Schedule Your Child’s Visit Today

You do everything you can to keep your children healthy, happy, and safe. This holiday season, make sure your little one’s teeth and gums are protected from oral health concerns with preventive children’s dentistry at Complete Dental Care. Conveniently located in Burlington, MA, our family-friendly dental practice is privileged to serve patients from throughout the surrounding areas as well, including Woburn, Bedford, Billerica, and beyond. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to serving your entire family’s oral healthcare needs!

Laser Periodontal Therapy: Protect Your Health from Gum Disease in Burlington, MA

August 22, 2014

185594294When you think of gum disease, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps you envision the tell-tale symptoms associated with periodontal infection, picturing bleeding gums, sensitivity, or even tooth loss. While these are certainly a few of the effects of gum disease, there are even more serious complications associated with the condition that are far less conspicuous. At the Burlington, MA dental practice of Dr. James P. Kostas, we help our patients substantially reduce their risk of developing systemic health conditions linked to periodontal disease with laser periodontal therapy.

Advantages of Laser Periodontal Therapy

When an infection in the gum tissue is attacked by the body’s immune system, disseminated toxins and inflammatory compounds are released into the blood stream. These compounds are capable of causing damage to organs and tissues throughout the body, leading to potentially fatal health conditions if not treated in a timely manner. Some of the complications associated with periodontal disease include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pregnancy complications, including low birth weight and premature birth
  • Cancer of the blood and/or pancreas
  • Complications with the treatment of diabetes

Fortunately, laser periodontal therapy can help to drastically reduce your risk of developing these and other serious health conditions. While traditional gum disease treatment involves the use of a scalpel and sutures to remove infected tissue, laser periodontal therapy utilizes the proven effectiveness of a focused laser to cauterize the area even as it eliminates infection. Recovery time is significantly reduced, and our patients love that the procedure is considerably more comfortable.

Healthy Smile, Healthy Life

Whether you are currently suffering from signs of gum disease or you’d simply like to learn more about the benefits of soft tissue laser technology, my team and I are here to help. Contact our office in Burlington, MA to schedule your visit with Dr. Kostas and our dedicated team today. We look forward to helping you secure a lifetime of excellent oral health and overall wellness with our comprehensive menu of services and treatments. Our state-of-the-art dental practice proudly serves patients from throughout Burlington, Woburn, Billerica, Bedford, and the surrounding areas.

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