FAQs: Common Dental Concerns

Do you need treatment for a dental concern like crooked or missing teeth? Are you unsure if your symptoms are connected to your oral health? Our dental office works with patients to treat their common dental problems, from bleeding gums to denture problems. We find the source of these oral health issues and help find the best solutions for our patients. We welcome patients to contact us to discover and treat their dental concerns in Columbus, GA.

Q&A: Dental Concerns in Columbus, GA

Read answers to popular questions about dental concerns:

Can headaches be a sign of a dental problem?

Sometimes, patients with morning headaches or migraines can have temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). TMJ disorders cause tension in the jaw and face. Patients with TMD also often grind and clench their teeth at night, which causes toothaches and headaches. You may have a TMJ disorder if you have facial tension or tooth pain in conjunction with frequent headaches.

How can I fix my poorly fitted denture?

Removable dentures usually use adhesives to stay in place. Many patients with removable dentures need to reline or rebase their dentures. Relining the denture adds more of a base to the restoration. Alternatively, we recommend implant-secured dentures for patients missing rows or arches of teeth. Implant-secured dentures use small titanium posts that fuse with the jaw bone. Implant posts create a stable foundation for restorations like dentures.

Do I need a root canal if I have a cavity?

If patients have tooth decay that has not affected the dental pulp, they do not need a root canal. Root canal treatment removes the infected dental pulp, made of nerves and blood vessels within the tooth. Patients with cavities will require a cleaning and dental filling that adds structure to the tooth.

Why do I have crooked teeth?

Many patients have crooked teeth due to genetic predisposition. A patient’s mouth shape and size can also cause some teeth to be more crooked or overcrowded than others. Thumb sucking can also contribute to crooked or pushed-out baby teeth. No matter the cause, we can help patients straighten their crooked teeth with orthodontic treatment.

What causes bleeding gums?

Sometimes patients who brush their teeth too aggressively can experience bleeding gums. However, more often than not, if your gums bleed when you brush and floss, you may have gingivitis. Also known as gum inflammation, gingivitis is a precursor to gum disease. If your gums bleed when you clean your teeth and gums, gently floss once a day and brush twice a day. Floss before brushing to remove debris from between your teeth easily. If you continue a good oral hygiene routine, the bleeding will subside.

Call (706) 407-4851 for high-quality, comprehensive dental care today. On our website, you can also request a dental appointment with Dr. Albert Caves. Please let Dr. Caves or a member of his team know if you have any other dental questions. They will be happy to assist you. Our team looks forward to seeing you at your next dental visit.