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The purpose of restorative dentistry is to repair damaged teeth or replace missing ones. The goal is to save teeth and to provide teeth that look, feel, and work like natural teeth. The restored teeth also help keep your other teeth spaced correctly for a normal bite.
Common types of restorative dentistry are fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, and dental implants.
It is just as important to brush and floss fillings, crowns, bridges, partial dentures, and implants as it is with natural teeth. Flossing around the gums is important, too. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, can build up on gums and dental work. If plaque isn't removed, it can build up and harden into tartar. The bacteria in plaque and tartar can cause gum infections like gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Restorative dentistry can cost a lot. Private dental insurance plans may or may not cover some of the cost. Before starting treatment, make sure you know how much it will cost and how you'll pay for it. Your dentist may offer payment plans that can help you fit the expense into your budget.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your dentist if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 25, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Arden Christen DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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