General Dentistry An Overview
Dr. Albert Caves is a local dentist in Columbus, GA. We provide comprehensive dental care for the entire family. General family dentistry focuses on preventing tooth decay and restoring health and function when needed. Dr. Caves accomplishes this by establishing an oral health routine that includes at home care combined with regular, professional dental cleanings.
Our patients often comment on how different we are from other local dentists in Columbus, GA. Our comprehensive approach makes us stand out. We emphasize the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment planning for the most successful results.
Importance of General Dentistry
When a dentist is able to identify 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.
Common Dental Concerns
- Tooth Decay: 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.
- Sensitive Teeth: 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: 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.