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What should I find out before undergoing a tooth restoration?

When your dentist tells you that you need to have a tooth restoration, your tooth is going to be fixed so that it looks and works as well as it used to. Fillings and crowns are two of the most common types of restorations. They're done if you have a lot of tooth decay or if you've had a root canal.

While undergoing a tooth restoration, find out how many visits you'll need to make to your dentist. Sometimes you'll have to go back more than once so that your dentist can prep your tooth and have the crown made.

Learn what dental materials you have to choose from for your filling or crown, and the pros and cons of each one.

Also find out how much the tooth restoration will cost, and whether your insurance company will pick up all or part of the tab. You don't want to be surprised by a big bill at the end of the procedure.

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