A flipper tooth is a removable dental appliance that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is made of acrylic and has a replacement tooth attached to it. The flipper tooth is held in place by a wire that fits over the remaining teeth, and it can be easily removed and inserted by the patient.
For many, flipper teeth are the best option for the time between losing a tooth or having a tooth pulled and getting a more long-term solution for the problem, like dentures or bridges.
What Are Flipper Teeth?
Flipper teeth are typically used as a temporary solution for missing teeth while the patient is waiting for a permanent replacement, such as a dental implant or bridge. They are also used as a replacement option for patients who are not suitable candidates for more invasive procedures.
They can be a good option for children who have lost a baby tooth and are waiting for the adult tooth to come in, especially when the missing baby tooth is a key tooth for eating and/or the adult tooth is taking a long time to erupt.
Can You Eat With a Flipper Tooth?
Yes, you can eat with a flipper tooth. In fact, it’s pretty easy to clean a flipper tooth after eating because it is removable and easy for a patient to take in and out.
What Are Some Considerations When Getting Flipper Teeth?
Flipper teeth are generally less expensive than other options, such as bridges or dental implants, but they are also less durable and may not last as long. Additionally, flipper teeth can cause some discomfort, as the appliance can rub against the gums and cause soreness. They may also affect speech, and they may not feel as natural as other options.
Flipper Teeth vs. Partial Denture
Flipper teeth and partial dentures are two different types of dental prosthetics that are used to replace missing teeth.
Flipper teeth are a temporary option that is relatively flimsy compared to a partial denture. A partial denture is a removable appliance that replaces multiple missing teeth. It is made of acrylic or metal and attaches to remaining natural teeth with clasps. It is more durable and provides more stability than a flipper tooth.
Both flipper teeth and partial dentures have advantages and disadvantages. The best option will depend on your specific needs, including the number of missing teeth and the condition of your remaining teeth.
Are Flipper Teeth the Right Choice for Me?
There are a number of different dental options when you lose a tooth or multiple teeth. The one that is right for you will depend on where the teeth are located, the quality of the teeth on either side of the gap, and your personal preferences. Reach out to Dison Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment today.