Preventive Dentistry in Burlington
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings from Dr. James Kostas
At Complete Dental Care in Burlington, we want our patients to have a lifetime of excellent dental health. Keeping your smile beautiful means creating a consistent daily hygiene routine, getting checkups from Dr. James Kostas at least twice a year, and safeguarding your mouth from disease and decay. We welcome new patients from Burlington, Bedford, Billerica and surrounding communities to our family practice! We see patients of all ages, and enjoy the opportunity to ensure the health and beauty of your family’s smiles.
Featured Preventive Services
Help Prevent Cavities & Tooth Decay At Home
Burlington patients who maintain daily habits of brushing, flossing and rinsing with fluoridated products have better dental checkups, less chance of getting gum disease and cavities, and more attractive smiles. It’s important to use the right tools and products to maintain your oral health. At Complete Dental Care, our preventive dentistry professionals are happy to discuss your at-home oral healthcare, and advise you on the most effective toothbrushes, floss, and oral rinses. We invite you to read our FAQ or contact us for more information about patient education at our Burlington dental practice.
Getting Regular Checkups to Polish Teeth
To ensure your oral health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kostas every six months. Going to our Burlington office regularly means we can detect dental problems early and treat them as quickly and efficiently as possible. It benefits your oral health—and your pocketbook—to treat cavities, gum disease, and infections in their earliest stages. At Complete Dental Care, we continue our preventive dentistry services by providing professional teeth cleanings. Our experienced dental hygienists remove calculus (tartar) from your teeth, and when finished removing all the hardened plaque, we polish teeth until they gleam! For patients who need deep cleanings (root scaling and planing), we provide comfortable periodontal therapy to restore your gums to optimum health. At your preventive dentistry appointment, we may also treat cavities and root canal infections, and we can even give you a cosmetic dentistry consultation.
Dental Sealants & Fluoride Treatments for Cavity Prevention
At Complete Dental Care, we can safeguard your health not only with regular checkups and oral homecare education, but we also administer cavity preventions. A dental sealant is a thin plastic layered onto your molars where bacteria and food can hide and create cavities. Dental sealants prevent decay and they last for years. With fluoride supplements, we can simply paint a fluoride varnish onto your teeth that will strengthen their defense against dental decay. Dental sealants and fluoride supplements are great for children who often have a difficult time properly brushing and flossing.
We welcome children of all ages at our Burlington, MA dental practice. We have years of experience working with children, and are always happy to help young patients from the time their very first tooth erupts or around their first birthday. These early visits allow us to track your child’s developing smile, diagnose any concerns in the earliest possible stages, and most importantly, to build a healthy, happy relationship with your little one.
TMJ/TMD Diagnosis & Treatment
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, often referred to simply as TMD, occurs when the small connective tissue that attaches the jaw to the skull and allows for easy, comfortable jaw motion, is strained or damaged. When this occurs, patients can experience a varied set of symptoms including jaw pin, headache, earache, neck or back pain, inability to fully open and close mouth without discomfort, and grinding or clicking sound when opening mouth. We offer a variety of treatments to relieve the pressure and discomfort of TMD and restore the full range of comfortable jaw movement for our patients.
Nightguards for Bruxism
If you suffer from unconscious nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, bruxism, you may be under the mistaken assumption that this is a fairly harmless bad habit. However, without proper treatment, the long term ramifications of bruxism can be astounding. Patients with bruxism wear their teeth down quickly, create deep crevices in the biting surfaces of teeth that increase their risk for cavities, and may even suffer from TMD due to the unconscious pressure on their jaw. For these patients, we recommend a custom crafted nightguard. These guards reduce the amount of jaw movement by placing the bite in its ideal alignment, and place a physical barrier between teeth to protect them from wear.
Mouthguards & Sportsguards
If you or one of your children plays any sport where their mouth may come in contact with other players, athletic equipment, or hard surfaces, it’s essential that you wear protective mouthguards. More than 50% of sports related injuries involve the face and sports accidents are the leading cause of tooth loss in patients under 25. For these and countless other reasons, wearing a sportsguard can help protect your smile, keeping it whole for life. Custom mouthguards offer superior comfort and protection for our patients compared with the store bought varieties as they are specifically crafted to fit each patient’s smile.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer does not just effect patients who use tobacco. While this is a factor that substantially increases a patient’s risk for the disease, more than 25% of patients don’t engage in any of the high risk behaviors. Research conducted by the Oral Cancer Foundation determined that the reason for the high number of annual deaths attributed to oral cancer (1 each hour on average) is the fact that oral cancer is often diagnosed in advanced stages. Thus, the researchers concluded that early diagnosis is the best way to reduce the number of oral cancer related deaths each year. That’s why we’ve made oral cancer screenings an integral part of every six month dental checkup at our office. These screenings are quick and painless. We also encourage patients to tell us if they experience any of the following warning signs:
- Discolored spots or areas in the mouth
- Lumps or knots in the mouth, throat, face, or neck
- Sores that bleed frequently and/or don’t heal within a few days
- Sore throat, hoarse voice