Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
Dr. 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!
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.
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.
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.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact our office in Columbus, Georgia to learn more about restorative dentistry and schedule your consultation with Dr. Caves.
Posted in: CEREC technology, Columbus GA Dr. Albert Caves, Cosmetic Dentist Columbus, Family Dentist Columbus
Monday, April 3rd, 2017
April 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® 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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Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
If 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 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.
Posted in: CEREC technology
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
Happy 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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Monday, January 9th, 2017
Your 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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Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Did 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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Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Preventative 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.
Posted in: Beautiful Smile
Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
The 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!
Posted in: General Dentistry, oral health
Monday, September 12th, 2016
Columbus, GA Dentist Dr. Albert Caves emphasizes the importance of striving to keep your natural teeth healthy for as long as possible to enjoy the best quality of life. Modern advances in both materials and technology in the dental field have made it possible to retain our natural teeth and a functional smile longer than ever before.
This means that maintaining consistent oral hygiene and routine dental checkups throughout our lifetime play a key role in our overall health and well-being. Keeping your smile healthy by taking advantage of all that modern dentistry can offer will provide you your best quality of life.
There are important considerations for your oral health as you age and Dr. Caves offers comprehensive care to address your concerns and help you maintain optimal oral health and meet your cosmetic goals for a natural looking smile.
Later in life, our gums may recede, exposing the root surfaces of our teeth. Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, including trauma, periodontal disease, vigorous brushing, and genetic predisposition. Root exposure is problematic mainly be-cause root surfaces are covered by a material called cementum, which is much softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. In addition, certain medications can limit the flow of saliva, which is protective against cavities.
For this reason, older patients must take special care to brush and floss daily and visit the dentist regularly to discuss your medical history and ensure that root cavities do not occur. For patients with dentures, regular dental visits are also important, as a dentist can ensure they are fitting well and enabling you to eat and speak properly. We also examine your mouth for signs of periodontal disease and oral cancer, both highly treatable when caught early.
Cosmetic Dentistry for A Lasting Smile
We understand that aesthetics are also important to our older adult patients and offer cosmetic dental procedures that can keep your smile looking beautiful at any age.
Throughout our lives, our teeth may begin to darken due to staining or may abrade due to certain habits, such as teeth grinding. Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are both great options for adult and senior patients who desire to improve the look of their smile.
If you have any questions about specific oral health concerns or would like to enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Caves in our Columbus, GA dentist office.
Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, oral health
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
No matter how careful and thorough you are with maintaining your daily oral care, at some point in your life you will probably experience the pain and discomfort of a toothache. Although a cavity is normally the cause, tooth decay is only one of the several triggering factors of tooth pain or discomfort.
If you experience pain when you eat or drink hot or cold food and beverages, it could signal a cavity. It could also be a sign that you have sensitive teeth, either from thinning tooth enamel or receding gums. These are common side effects of aging, lifestyle habits or can be caused by other health concerns. In addition to discussing your concerns with Dr. Albert Caves during your next routine preventive care visit, try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth as this may help ease the symptoms.
If the pain of your toothache is sudden, sharp and stabbing, the cause may be related to a cavity or cracked tooth. However, if you experience a throbbing, constant pain when you bite down on your food, you may have an abscessed tooth or an infection that should be taken care of right away. Contact our Columbus, GA dentist office as soon as possible to schedule a visit.
Might Not Even Be Your Teeth
A less common cause of a toothache is a sinus infection. If you have pain in the upper teeth on both sides of the jaw, a sinus infection could be the cause. This type of toothache is usually combined with nasal congestion and tenderness around the eyes, forehead and sinuses.
If your ache is more identifiable as jaw pain, it may be caused by a Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Bite problems like TMJ can be triggered by malocclusion, a jaw injury, arthritis, or tooth grinding. Wisdom teeth that have not been removed could also cause jaw pain and toothaches.
Prevent Tooth Pain
Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent a toothache and other common oral health concerns. To reduce your risk for developing decay, gum disease or other common causes of a toothache be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and visit Dr. Caves regularly for oral examinations and a professional dental cleaning.
Been away from the dentist? Contact our Columbus, GA dentist office to schedule a visit and restore a healthy smile.
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