Losing a tooth due to accident, injury, or decay can be devastating if it is in a place of prominence in the mouth. Most of the time, the loss of a single tooth in a mouth full of healthy teeth will not impede eating or otherwise cause long-term damage to the jaw or mouth, but it can literally put a hole in an otherwise beautiful smile.
For this reason, many people opt to address the loss of a tooth with a single tooth flipper, a uniquely designed bit of hardware that will replace the tooth, so it fits seamlessly in with other teeth to fix your smile.
What Is a Single Tooth Flipper?
A single tooth flipper denture is a partial removable denture designed to replace a single tooth without implants or other invasive procedures. Very similar to a retainer but with a single tooth attached to it, a single tooth flipper can easily be removed for cleaning or any time the wearer would like to take it out.
What Does a Single Tooth Flipper Look Like?
A single tooth flipper can replace almost any tooth in the mouth, so depending on where the missing tooth occurred and what teeth are on either side, the single tooth flipper will look different. It could look like a full mouth retainer with the wires of the appliance hidden behind the teeth for a seamless smile. It could look like a tiny retainer that fits easily into place, is barely noticeable to the wearer, and is also invisible to viewers like the larger appliance.
It really depends on where the single tooth needs to be and what will be most effective in making sure that the tooth stays anchored in place and doesn’t slip or fall out at an inopportune moment.
How Much Does a Single Tooth Flipper Cost?
A flipper tooth can cost anywhere from $300 to $500, much like any retainer. The exact cost will depend mostly on the amount covered by your insurance and the material used to create the tooth.
What Are the Alternatives to a Single Tooth Flipper?
A single tooth flipper is not the only way to resolve the problem of a gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth. You may also opt for the following:
- Dental bridge: A dental bridge is a permanent solution to a missing tooth or teeth. There are many types, but they all do the same thing — provide a fake tooth that is permanently attached to the teeth on either side.
- Dental implant: Implants will replace the tooth by implanting a false tooth in the jaw. This is also a permanent option.
- Fixed partial denture: These are also partial dentures that clip onto nearby teeth.
- Snap-on smile: This option provides a snap-on false tooth that clicks on top of surrounding teeth.