Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay Columbus GA Tooth decay is one of the most common oral health concerns. Patients of all ages are susceptible to developing tooth decay if they don't take proper care of their teeth. Tooth decay is often a result of poor oral hygiene and may lead to cavities if not treated. The good news is that tooth decay is preventable with proper care. Columbus, GA family dentist,  Dr. Albert Caves suggests that patients visit the dentist office at least twice a year for a routine dental check-up. During a dental checkup, Dr. Caves will examine your teeth and screen for any complex dental issues.  Patients will also receive a detailed dental cleaning to remove any plaque buildup from their teeth. Catching tooth decay early can minimize the chance of needing advanced treatment in the future. Dr. Caves can develop a treatment plan that best suits your dental needs.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay can develop when the plaque buildup on the teeth combine with the sugars and starches you consume, which can develop into an acid that weakens your tooth enamel. It is important to properly clean the teeth to minimize the chance of developing tooth decay. Learning what steps to take to prevent tooth decay can help keep your smile healthy. Dr. Albert suggests patients schedule biannual preventive care visits and follow a regular oral hygiene routine. During your visit, patients will receive a dental cleaning which removes plaque buildup that normal brushing and flossing cannot reach. To minimize your chance of developing tooth decay and other complex dental problems, patients should:
  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Use a dental floss
  • Chew sugarless gums between meals
  • Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash
  • Vist the dentist twice a year for a routine dental checkup
If tooth decay is present during your routine dental checkup, Dr. Caves may suggest one or more of these treatments Treatment Options for Tooth Decay

Schedule A Visit

Visting the dentist regularly can minimize the chance of developing advanced dental issues. Dr. Caves is a highly skilled dentist who is committed to providing patient-focused dental care. If you need to schedule an appointment, you can contact our Columbus, GA dentist office or schedule an appointment online.

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Taking Care Of Your Smile During The Holidays

Maintaining a healthy smile throughout the year can be easy for some patients. During the holidays, patients may have a more difficult time maintaining a healthy smile due to all the festivities and sugary foods that are available. Columbus, GA dentist Dr. Albert Caves wants each of his patients to do what they can to maintain a healthy smile through the holidays. You don't want to start the new year with a damaged smile so finish this year strong. We have listed a few tips and tricks to consider during the holiday season to keep your smile healthy, beautiful, and functional.
  • Maintain your regular oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss to remove debris stuck between the teeth. Also, consider using an antibacterial mouthwash to remove harmful bacteria from the mouth.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking water can help prevent dry mouth, and it helps remove debris from the mouth.
  • Chew sugar-free gum to keep your breath fresh and gently clean the teeth between meals.
  • Avoid using your teeth to open presents. Your teeth are designed to chew, not open packages or twist off soda caps. When you use your teeth as tools, you may be putting your smile at risks. Dental problems like tooth damage, chipped teeth, cracked teeth, and even tooth loss can occur if you use your teeth as tools.

Schedule an Appointment

Dr. Caves suggests that patients visit his Columbus, GA dental office biannual for preventive care exams. To avoid injury or a complex dental problem, Dr. Caves performs comprehensive exams to check for any signs of dysfuntion. If there is a problem with your oral health, Dr. Caves will determine which cosmetic, restorative, or general dentistry treatment is right for you. To schedule an appointment, patients can contact our Columbus, GA dental or schedule an appointment online.

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Treating Gum Disease

In our Columbus, GA, Dr. Albert Caves takes the time to address your dental needs and plan an effective treatment to restore health and function into the smile. During your visit to our Columbus dental office, Dr. Caves thoroughly screens the teeth and gums for any signs of gum disease. If gum disease is present, we offer a variety of periodontal therapy service to restore health back into the teeth and gums. Through detailed treatment planning and careful aftercare, health, beauty, and function can be restored back to your natural smile. If you are noticing any signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment at our Columbus dental office.

Treating Gum Disease

Depending on the stage or progression of gum disease, Dr. Caves can provide a range of periodontal therapy service to improve the quality of your smile. Depending on your needs and any other complex dental problem Dr. Caves may uncover during your comprehensive exam, he may provide one or more of these treatment options to improve your smile:
  • Routine Dental Cleaning: During each preventive care visits, Dr. Caves performs a thorough, comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums to search for signs of gum disease. Patients also receive a detailed dental cleaning that helps remove debris and bacteria in the mouth that regular brushing and flossing cannot reach.
  • Scaling & Root Planing: If you have bleeding gums, Dr. Caves may suggest scaling and root planing to remove plaque buildup and debris that may be irritating the gums. Scaling & root planing is a detailed dental cleaning that removes bacteria that brushing and flossing alone can not clean.
  • Laser Dentistry: Laser dentistry can be used to remove infected gum tissue, therefore eliminating gum disease. Laser dentistry can promote faster healing time because it helps minimize bleeding, swelling, and irritation after treatment.
  • Periodontal Therapy: Periodontal therapy can include one or more of the treatments listed above. We may combine periodontal therapy and gum surgery if you are suffering from a more advanced stage of gum disease.

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Protecting Your Teeth Against Sugar

It's October which means that the stores are filled with candy. We understand that temptation sometimes gets in the way of your oral health, but you have to take the necessary steps to protect your teeth. Columbus, GA dentist Dr. Albert Caves offers a range of services to improve teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay and cavities. However, the best plan of attack is preventive dentistry. Part of preventive dentistry is practicing proper oral hygiene and scheduling preventive care visits so that Dr. Caves can properly examine your smile. We know that its hard to resist temptation during the start of the holiday season, so we have prepared a few tips to keep in mind.

Tips To Keep Your Smile Healthy This Holiday Season

  • Try to avoid sticky and hard candies. Sticky and hard candies can get lodged between the teeth, making it a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. The bacteria can stick to your teeth and cause problems for your oral health. Try chewing sugar-free gum if you have a sweet tooth. Sugar-free gum has been proven to increase saliva productivity which helps flush out harmful bacteria and debris.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes a day.
  • Incorporate flossing to get rid of debris and bacteria in those hard to reach spots.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Schedule preventive care visits to our Columbus, GA dentist office. Dr. Caves can properly check your mouth, teeth, gums, and jaw bone for any signs of dysfunction.Our preventive care visits also include a professional dental cleaning which can remove bacteria that regular brushing and flossing cannot. Depending on your needs, Dr. Caves can provide a restorative, general, or cosmetic dentistry service to improve your smile.

Schedule An Appointment

Schedule a dental cleaning and preventive care visit with Dr. Caves to help improve your smile. Patients can contact our Columbus, GA dentist office or schedule an appointment online.  

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Halitosis

The difference between bad breath and halitosis is that halitosis persists even after the use of mouthwash and brushing. If you are experiencing halitosis, it is easily treatable with proper care under an experienced dentist.  Family dentist Dr. Albert Caves is a trusted dentist in Columbus, GA, dedicated to providing high-quality, comprehensive dental care. Our Columbus dental office offers a range of general, restorative and cosmetic dental service to patients in need of dental care. If you are experiencing signs of halitosis, visit our Columbus dental office.

Halitosis

Halitosis can be caused by a variety of different factors If you are noticing persistent bad breath, it is important you get your mouth checked by a trusted professional. Halitosis can be caused by:
  • Infection: If you are sick, postnasal drip can affect the way your breath smells. The bacteria from the postnatal drip can produce a foul odor to develop. With proper medication, your nose and sinuses can return to normal and restore your fresh breath.
  • Gum Disease: Gum disease occurs when plaque turns into bacteria that infect the gums. Gum disease can cause loose teeth, tooth loss, bad breath, and other complex dental issues. Some patients may not notice any signs of gum disease, so it is important to visit Dr. Caves at least twice a year for preventive care exams.
  • Tooth Decay: Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that eat away at your teeth, leaving them susceptible to tooth sensitivity, toothache, infection, and foul odor. Dr. Caves offers a range of treatment for patients with tooth decay.
  • Dry Mouth: Dry mouth occurs when there is a lack of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps keep the mouth moisturized and helps keeps out harmful bacteria. Dry mouth can be caused by dehydration, medication, and even tobacco use. It's important to inform Dr. Caves of any medication you may use so that he can determine if it plays a role in your halitosis.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are experiencing halitosis, Dr. Caves can help you find a solution. Dr. Caves is an experienced dentist, dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Patients can schedule an appointment online or call 706.407.4851

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Q & A: Dental Implants

Are you missing teeth and looking for a way to restore your smile? You may be an ideal candidate for dental implants. Dental implants can create a reliable, sustainable solution to patients who are missing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to secure a dental bridge, denture, or dental crown depending on your needs. Due to advancements in dentistry, dental implants are on the forefront of teeth replacement options for patients who are eligible. Dental implants can be used to restore the natural look and function of your smile. Columbus dentist Dr. Albert Caves, DMD offers a broad range of service to help restore your missing teeth, including dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small, titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone by a certified surgeon or periodontist. Dental implants provide a stable, functional foundation for restoration options like dental bridges, dental crowns, and dentures. Dr. Caves will work in close collaboration with a local surgeon to help patients achieve a beautiful, functional smile.

What issues do dental implants address?

  • Replace a single tooth that is either missing or broken
  • Restore a tooth with significant decay that can not be corrected with a dental crown or other restoration
  • Replace multiple teeth where a dental bridge may be used
  • Support a fixed denture to replace all of a patients teeth

What are the benefits of dental implants?

  • Prevents further bone loss
  • Provides a natural looking solution for patients missing teeth
  • Can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance
  • Retain your natural face shape and structure
  • Dental implants are convenient
  • Don't have to worry about slippage when eating or speaking

How long is the dental implant process?

The dental implant process can take anywhere from 3-6 months. Once the dental implant is attached to the jaw bone, a process called osseointegration takes place. Osseointegration happens when your dental implant fuses with the jaw bone, creating a stable foundation for Dr. Caves to attach a prosthetic tooth, crown, dental bridge, or denture. The dental implant process takes a few months, but the results are well worth the wait.

How do I schedule an appointment with Dr. Caves?

Dr. Caves works diligently to provide comprehensive; patient focused dental care. If you want to discuss your options for tooth replacement; visit our Columbus dentist office. New and existing patients can schedule an appointment online or call 706.407.4851.

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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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