Importance of General Dentistry
When a dentist is able to identifying problems in their early stages, he or she can recommend the most conservative treatment methods. Dr. Caves is dedicated to preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible and saving the patient from expensive and uncomfortable procedures.
It is estimated that three out of every four adults has some form of gum disease. Routine examinations can help prevent gum disease by treating problems that could lead to gum disease.
Your First Visit To Albert Caves, DMD
Your initial exam with local dentist, Dr. Caves will last approximately one hour. This visit will help you get acquainted with the dentist and staff and discuss your goals and desires for your dental treatment.
Generally, X-rays will be taken so that we can get a clear picture of the jaw’s structure and teeth position. Oral hygiene instructions will also be provided along with suggestions to help you care for your teeth. In most cases, we will also clean your teeth on this visit and provide an evaluation that will outline your existing dental problems and proposed treatment.
We believe that good dental care begins with open communication. We promise to speak candidly with you about any symptoms present that may require further dental treatment, our diagnosis, alternative treatments that may exist, and our recommendations. Working together, we can achieve a true partnership, with one common goal-keeping your smile beautiful and your teeth, gums and jaw joints healthy!
Dental Insurance & Payment Options
We understand the unique needs of each family. Our Columbus, GA dentist office is designed to make your visit to the dentist as easy and stress free as possible. We cater to military families and accept most major dental insurance including Metlife Tricare Dental Program.
Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting from the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur on the teeth and sugars in the everyday diet. Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria, causing it to produce acids that break down the mineral in teeth, forming a tooth cavity. A dentist will remove the decay and protect the tooth from future decay with a dental filling or dental crown. In some cases, there may be root damage, requiring a root canal.
Pediatric Dental Care
Setting habits early is critical for establishing long term dental health. Children are susceptible to cavities and plaque build up. Dr. Caves offers pediatric dentistry starting at age 3. Our staff can help educate children and parents on proper hygiene, thumb sucking, braces and other topics.
Your teeth expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature. Hot and cold food and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn down, gums may recede or teeth may develop microscopic cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and irritating nerve endings. Just breathing cold air can be painful for those with extremely sensitive teeth.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Daily brushing and flossing helps to prevent the buildup of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Food particles left in the mouth deteriorate and cause bad breath. While certain foods, such as garlic or anchovies, may create temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath may be a sign of gum disease or another dental problem.
Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small sores inside the mouth that often recur. Generally lasting one or two weeks, the duration of canker sores can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents. The canker sore has a white or gray base surrounded by a red border. Dr. Caves also treats canker sores with laser dentistry.