FAQS: Wisdom Teeth

484166929 Your wisdom teeth usually appear in your late teen years and early twenties. Your wisdom teeth act as a third molar that can help you chew difficult foods. However, more often than not, your wisdom teeth don't develop properly, which may result in extracting your wisdom teeth. General dentist Dr. Albert Caves is committed to providing cutting edge dentistry and patient focused dental care. With over 15 years of dentistry experience, Dr. Caves has skillfully extracted wisdom teeth and helped patients restore the health of their smile.

How do I know if I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

Growing wisdom teeth can cause mild discomfort in the mouth as they emerge from your gums. However, if you experience extensive pain and discomfort then it's best to get your teeth checked by Dr. Caves. If you experience these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with our Columbus dental office as soon as possible: Dr. Caves will properly examine your teeth and gums to determine if you need to have your wisdom teeth pulled.

Does getting your wisdom teeth pulled hurt?

At our Columbus dental office, making sure our patients are relaxed and comfortable during their dental treatment is important to us. To ensure that patients are able to feel comfortable and allow Dr. Caves to safely perform their dental treatment, we offer a range of sedation dentistry services. After treatment, Dr. Caves will provide detailed aftercare instructions to make sure you take care of your teeth as they heal.

How do I schedule a visit to your office?

We are here to help you achieve your best smile at our Columbus dental office. Dr. caves will gladly examine your teeth and find a treatment that is right for you. You can schedule an appointment online or call 706.407.4851

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The Impacts of Smoking

Over 50 years ago the first Surgeon General's report was published stating that smoking is bad, and potentially dangerous for your health. Columbus, GA dentist Dr. Albert Caves recommends that patients avoid starting, or quit smoking, so they may enjoy their optimal oral health. Smoking, vaping and chewing can all negatively impact your oral health and systemic health. smoking and oral health

Why Should I Quit Smoking?

  • Smoking is linked to causing gum disease. A serious medical condition, gum disease can lead to habitually bad breath, receding gums, and even tooth loss. Gum disease has also been tied to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and Alzheimer's Disease. Routine oral health care, like brushing, flossing, and routine visits to our Columbus dentist office, can help prevent gum disease. Dr. Caves offers periodontal screenings that can help catch gum disease in its early stages. Dr. Caves will suggest an individualized treatment plan depending on your gum disease progression.
  • Tobacco products stunt saliva production, an essential part of your oral health. Saliva washes away debris and keeps your oral bacteria in balance. Smoking may lead to dry mouth which is a common cause for increased tooth decay and cavity development in adults. Cavities, if left untreated, may require advanced restorative dental procedures.
  • Smoking can prematurely age your smile making you look older than you are. Nicotine and tobacco cause discoloration and yellowing of teeth making them look aged and unhealthy. Smoking also creates fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth and on your lips. Habitual smokers may appear older than they are due to the side effects of smoking.
  • Oral cancer is a potentially life-threatening disease that is directly linked to the use of tobacco products. Those who smoke are much more likely to develop oral cancer and patients as young as in their 20s are now being found to have oral cancer. Dr. Caves performs routine oral cancer screenings at every dentist office visit. Early diagnosis of oral cancer could be life-saving. If you notice white patches on your gums, be sure to schedule a visit to our Columbus, GA dentist office.

Schedule A Consultation

Do not ignore the signs of poor oral health, early diagnosis is essential in avoiding advanced dental restoration procedures. If you are experiencing tooth pain, notice white patches on your gums, experience frequent sensitivity or notice a strange smell or taste to your mouth, schedule a visit to our Columbus, GA dentist office.

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Patient Testimonials

499585045Dr. Albert Caves has been serving Columbus, GA area communities with comprehensive and compassionate cosmetic dental care since 1999. Dedicated to advancing his dental skill and knowledge, Dr. Caves stays up to date with advancements in technique and dental technology. At the heart of our dentist office is our patients. We strive to provide quality dentistry in a welcoming family environment. Dr. Caves provides patients first with a stable oral foundation and then helps them build a smile they feel confident in through cosmetic dental treatments. Here are some things our patients are saying about our dental care team:

Personalized Family Dentistry

Our family has been going to Dr. Caves for six years now, he has taken wonderful personal care of us. I especially appreciate the kind and compassionate care he gave to me when my porcelain veneers fell off. He immediately reattached them, ushered me right into his schedule without waiting. He is even able to create a new porcelain veneer right in his office and immediately attach it. No weeks of waiting! Brenda P.

Welcoming and Compassionate Care

I tend to avoid dentists if all possible due to some bad experiences. A friend of mine recommended Dr Caves when I told her I had broken a tooth. I was very hesitant but I'm glad I went to him. He and his staff are very personable and professional. Together they helped alleviate my fears and accomplish the job. I would recommend them to everyone. Gena T.

Prompt Emergency Dental Care

I simply cannot find the words to express how much I adore Dr. Caves and his staff. My entire family goes to his office. I recently contacted Dr. Caves office due to sudden tooth pain over the weekend. I was told to come in the same day for an evaluation only to find out that I needed a root canal. I wasn't on the schedule but Dr. Caves knew I was in pain and stated, "I'm going to take care of you now so I can stop your pain". Dr. Caves performed an emergency root canal on me that same day!! I honestly feel like he's family. He's simply the best dentist anyone could ask for and his staff is the friendliest/professional group of individuals I've ever encountered. My hygienist Taylor and Leslie are so courteous. Janice C.

Complete Dental Health Care

I called this morning and asked to see Dr. Caves about an unusual tenderness in the lower gum line. The receptionist took my information and asked me to come in at two o'clock today. I was taken promptly and the dental assistant asked about my problem and took a couple of e-rays. Dr. Caves discussed my problem, answered all my questions, gave me a prescription for the infection and asked his receptionist to set up an appointment with an Endocrinologist. My problem was handled promptly, compassionately, and professionally, while taking the time to answer all my questions about my problem and the solution. Experiencing this quality of friendliness, concern, and professional knowledge inspires patient confidence. Gay D.

Schedule a Consultation

Contact our office in Columbus, Georgia to learn more about restorative dentistry and schedule your consultation with Dr. Caves.

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April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cancer awareness month, Columbus, GAApril is Oral Cancer Awareness month. This month we take the time to continue to educate patients on the severity of the disease and importance of preventative dental care for early diagnosis. Oral cancer rates continue to rise as the age of diagnosis is getting younger. Oral cancer is best treated when diagnosed as early as possible. Columbus, GA dentist Dr. Albert Caves uses state of the art dental technology to provide oral cancer screenings during all routine dental care visits.

VELscope for Oral Cancer Diagnosis

Velscope, Columbus, GAVELscope® technology is a blue fluorescent light used to examine soft tissues of the oral cavity. VELscope allows Dr. Caves to inspect your mouth and is non invasive and basically painless. VELscope helps to enhance Dr. Caves visual range while screening for oral cancer. The specially designed light allows for more accurate and earlier diagnosis. Early diagnosis can often be life saving. Survival rates of oral cancer patients drops dramatically with late stage diagnoses.

Signs To Watch For

Being aware of any changes in your oral health can also lead to early diagnosis of oral cancer or other complex oral health concerns. If you notice any changes in the soft tissues of your mouth or sudden changes in the alignment of your bite, be sure to contact Dr. Caves as soon as possible. Oral cancer often presents itself as an persisting open sore, red or white patch, thickening of the skin, or lump. If you have difficulty swallowing, chewing, or feel like you have a lump in your throat or hoarseness of your voice, these may be signs of oral cancer. If you smoke, vape, or chew tobacco, drink alcohol excessively, or have been exposed to HPV your risk for developing oral cancer is greater. It is important for all patients, of all ages, to get screened for oral cancer during their biannual dental checkups. Preventive dental care is the best oral health care.

Schedule An Oral Cancer Screening

Preventive dental care plays an important role in maintaining lifelong dental health and in the prevention of overall health concerns such as oral cancer. Dr. Caves and his staff emphasize the benefits of disease prevention and take time to understand the personal health concerns of patients and educate them on how best to achieve and enjoy lasting oral health.

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Same Day Dental Veneers

CerecIf you are looking for a permanent, quality and fast way to restore your beautiful, healthy and functional smile, cosmetic dentist Dr. Albert Caves may have the answer. Using state of the art dental technology and the latest in dental design and technique, Dr. Caves can rejuvenate your smile and restore your confidence in just one visit to our Columbus, GA dentist office.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a thin translucent ceramic that fit around the front and sides of your teeth. Dental veneers can close tooth gaps, repair chipped, cracked or damaged teeth and can correct tooth discoloration. Veneers are a permanent dental restoration that look and feel like natural teeth. Dental veneers are a long term cosmetic solution for a beautiful smile.

Same Day Veneers

CEREC technology has revolutionized cosmetic dentistry. Now, in just one dentist office visit, your can leave with a bright, beautiful smile. Dr. Caves utilizes the CAD/CAM technology to design, fabricate and bond your veneers in just one visit. Using digital impressions, Dr. Caves creates custom veneers that will fit, look and feel like natural teeth. The design is then used by the computer to fabricate the veneers with our in-office milling machine. CEREC technology saves our patients time and money. Not to mention the comfort and ease of digital impressions. Gone are the days of messy impression trays and third party dental labs. Your porcelain veneers, from start to finish, are in the hands of Dr. Caves for consistent and quality care. Many patients can benefit from CEREC same day dental veneers. In some cases, Dr. Caves may recommend additional procedures to ensure your optimal oral health. In these situations, multiple visits may be necessary. Dr. Caves will work with you to build a personalized treatment plan within your budget that will provide health and wellness to your teeth and gums.

Why choose Dr. Caves for dental veneers?

Dr. Caves is a highly trained and experienced cosmetic dentist. Dr. Caves has dedicated his advanced education to staying up to date with the latest dental technology and technique in order to provide his patients with quality and modern dental care. Dr. Caves focuses his dental practice on the well-being of his patients and encourages preventive dental care and conservative dental treatment plans. Contact our Columbus, GA dentist office today to schedule your consultation or schedule a visit online.

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Did Your Know? February is Children’s Oral Health Month

first visit first toothHappy Children’s Oral Health Month! During the month of February, the American Dental Association shines a light on children's oral health concerns. Starting from birth, taking care of your baby's gums can help set them up for a life of beautiful smiles. Columbus, GA family dentist Dr. Albert Caves provides comprehensive oral care for patients of all ages.

Did You Know?

  • Did you know that you should never share utensils or toothbrushes with your baby? It is important to keep your baby's mouth clean. Many parents share utensils and toothbrushes with their young children without giving it a second thought. It is recommended by the ADA to never share mouth germs with your children. Your mouth harbors germs and bacteria that can cause cavities and even gum disease. It is best to not share toothbrushes, utensils, or anything with your saliva on it with your baby. Always give your child their own set of utensils to avoid spreading cavity causing bacteria.
  • Did you know cavities can develop at the first sign of teeth? Babies are born with teeth that sit below the gum line. From the day they are born they are susceptible to contracting cavity causing bacteria. The ADA recommends wiping your baby's gums after meal time from the very start of their lives. It only takes a few seconds and can help prevent sugar build up that can cause decay.
  • Did you know your baby should have their first dentist office visit at the sign of their first tooth? As soon as you see a tooth erupt, it is time to schedule your baby’s first visit to Dr. Caves. Dr. Caves will examine your baby's teeth and can start tracking their oral development. Dr. Caves may recommend using fluoride toothpaste to clean your child’s teeth twice a day.
  • Did you know fluoride can help protect your children’s teeth? Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel of your teeth. Many cities and townships add fluoride to their water so that every citizen can enjoy the oral health benefits. You may also consider brushing your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Children under three need just a small smear of toothpaste on their brush. Once all of their teeth have emerged, a small pea size is the ideal amount of toothpaste to help build healthy, strong teeth.

Family Dental Care Columbus, GA

Family dentistry offers the convenience of a one stop service for the whole family. Dr. Caves has years of experience tending to the needs of all stages of oral development. From the first tooth to your golden years, our dental care team will provide attentive and quality dental care. Visit our Columbus, GA dentist office for more healthy oral hygiene tips. Whether it is time for you to schedule your next preventive dental visit to family dentist Dr. Caves, or if you are ready to start on your journey to your best oral health, our dental care team encourages you to contact our Columbus dentist office. You may also schedule an appointment online.

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Stay Healthy This Winter

Couple suffering from cold in bedYour mouth is the main gateway for the flu virus to enter your body. That is why oral health is important before, during and after suffering from an illness. Columbus, GA dentist Dr. Albert Caves offers some tips and tricks to staying healthy this flu season.

Good Oral Health for a Healthy Winter

  • Tip: Stay Hydrated How: Drink lots of water. When you are sick your body can become dehydrated quickly and cold medications can dehydrate you even faster. Staying hydrated keeps you from developing dry mouth and gives your body a boost to fight of germs. Dry Mouth is linked to increased development of tooth decay. Keeping your mouth moist while sick can help avoid cavities.
  • Tip: Avoid Sugar How: Avoid sugary fruit drinks or sodas. Water is the best liquid to consume when sick. Throat lozenges can also be loaded with sugar. Although they help stimulate saliva production while soothing your scratchy throat, try finding sugar free options. Sugar can build up in your teeth and cause tooth decay.
  • Tip: Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine How: Brushing and flossing while sick help keeps your teeth and gums clean. It can also help you to feel a little more alert and rejuvenated. Keep up with your normal oral health routine even when you are not feeling well to keep your gums and teeth healthy. You may also want to replace your toothbrush once you feel better. And remember to never share your toothbrush with anyone!

Visit Our Columbus, GA Dentist Office

Visit our Columbus, GA dentist office for more healthy oral hygiene tips. Whether it is time for you to schedule your next preventive dental visit to family dentist Dr. Caves, or if you are ready to start on your journey to your best oral health, our dental care team encourages you to contact our Columbus dentist office. You may also schedule an appointment online.

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Sensitive Teeth

Toothache, Columbus, GADid you know your sensitive teeth could be a sign of a more complex dental health concern? Sensitivity in your teeth occurs when the dentin becomes exposed. Dentin is the material inside of your teeth that has many tiny nerve endings. When the dentin becomes exposed, your nerve endings are highly susceptible to temperature and pressure changes. If you have sensitive teeth, they may be a sign of other oral health problems. Columbus family dentist Dr. Albert Caves offers solutions for achieving a more comfortable smile. Sensitive teeth are often a side effect of the following complex dental health concerns: Gum Disease: A serious medical and dental health concern, gum disease may cause tooth sensitivity. Gum disease is the bacterial infection of the gums. When untreated, gum disease can eventually cause gums to recede. When gums recede they may leave the roots of the tooth exposed which could result in tooth sensitivity. Broken Teeth: When your tooth has a crack or break in it your enamel is damaged and may expose the dentin. If left untreated, broken teeth can also cause infection and may result in the need for advanced restorative dental treatments. Tooth Decay: The build up plaque and tartar can cause tooth decay. Tooth decay wears away at the enamel of your tooth that may expose dentin. If you notice sensitivity in your tooth, you may have some degree of tooth decay.

Visit Our Columbus Dentist Office

If you are experiencing sensitivity in your teeth, it is important to visit our Columbus dentist office. Tooth sensitivity may be a warning sign of a more complex dental health concern. Dr. Caves aims to offer every patient the most conservative dental treatments possible. Early diagnosis of complex dental health issues can help to avoid advanced dental care. Whether it is time for you to schedule your next preventive dental visit to family dentist Dr. Caves, or if you are ready to start on your journey to your best oral health, our dental care team encourages you to contact our Columbus dentist office. You may also schedule an appointment online.

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Benefit From Preventative Dental Care

477975641Preventative dental care is your leading defense against cavities, gum disease, and other oral health concerns. Columbus dentist Dr. Albert Caves encourages his patients to be proactive and schedule routine dentist office visits and practice proper brushing techniques to prevent the development of more serious dental concerns. A balance of at home dental hygiene with regular professional dental cleanings can help keep your smile functional and healthy. Many patients may avoid regular dentist office visits due to dental anxiety. Dr. Caves understands the stress dentist visits can cause. He encourages all patients to discuss their concerns during their consultations. It is important to remember that not going to the dentist and ignoring minor dental concerns- can lead to more complex dental health concerns and costly dental procedures.

Smile Benefits of General Dentistry Columbus, OH

1.Regular Dental Cleanings : Professional teeth cleanings can remove plaque buildup and bacteria your regular at home dental hygiene routine just can not. How My Smile Benefits : Plaque build up and stuck food debris can cause tooth decay. Tooth decay causes cavities. If untreated, the decay may result in the need for a tooth extraction or root canal. Frequent dental cleanings can also help to prevent gingivitis that can lead to gum disease. Periodontal disease is a serious dental concern that untreated can cause systemic health problems. 2. Early Diagnosis: Frequent visits to our Columbus dentist office will allow Dr. Caves to make early diagnosis of any oral health concerns. How My Smile Benefits: Early diagnosis can help prevent further damage to your teeth or gums. If Dr. Caves can catch oral diseases or tooth decay early, you may be able to avoid more extensive and expensive complex dental procedures. Dr. Caves will also screen for any signs of oral cancer. Early diagnosis can save lives. 3.Preservation of Your Natural Smile: Regular dentist office visits can help Dr. Caves care for and preserve the most of your natural smile. How My Smile Benefits: Dr. Caves always aims to practice conservative dental care. Preserving any healthy teeth or bone structure helps save you money and time. Natural bone and teeth may also help to build a more solid oral foundation to support any restorative or cosmetic dental treatments you may require.

Schedule A Consultation

Whether it is time for you to schedule your next preventive dental visit to family dentist Dr. Caves, or if you are ready to find out how to maintain your optimal oral health, our dental care team encourages you to contact our Columbus dentist office.

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Halloween And Oral Health

Halloween and oral health, Columbus, GAThe scariest part of Halloween is the damage all that candy does to your teeth! Spooky plaque feeds off sugar, allowing it to rapidly spread and take over your mouth. Plaque buildup can cause gum disease, bad breath, sensitive teeth, and even tooth decay. Remember, plaque build up is like a ghost! Permanent effects of plaque are not immediately noticeable, but over a lifetime can cause serious and complex dental health concerns. Columbus, GA Dentist Dr. Albert Caves has some “tricks and treats” for you to moderate your sugar intake this Halloween. By making a few compromises and alterations, you can still have a spooktacular Halloween, and keep your smile healthy all winter long! Pick Your Poison: If you can’t resist the ghoulish temptation of the candy, try to drink water instead of soda or sugary juice. Less sugar is always better, and the water will help flush out the sugar. Plan Your Scare: Eat candy after a meal when saliva production is already increased, helping to move that plaque building sugar instead of lingering around in your mouth. Remember to rinse or brush your teeth after enjoying your sweet treat. Trick with Treats: Make grapes eyeballs, and carrots zombie fingers! Turn healthy snacks into creepy treats! Always offer healthy alternatives at gatherings and parties, but dress them up for Halloween, kids won’t even realize they are eating healthy! Avoid Braces Busters: Don’t let sticky and hard candies ruin all that hard work you put into straightening your teeth! If you or your kids have braces, make sure you steer clear of any taffy or sucking candies. Hard candies can get stuck and even break expensive braces. If you have any questions about what you can and can’t enjoy this holiday with your braces make sure to contact Dr. Caves. Family dentist Dr. Caves also always recommends maintaining your healthy oral hygiene habits especially as the busy holiday season picks up. Brush and floss twice a day and make sure to come in for your regular dental cleanings and a comprehensive oral health screening. Schedule your appointment today!

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