A flipper tooth is a simple dental prosthesis that can be used to replace a missing tooth or teeth temporarily. Usually made of a lightweight plastic material that is designed to fit over the existing teeth, this appliance fills in the gap caused by a missing tooth.
As convenient as a flipper tooth may be, they are not for everyone. Call Dison Family Dental to set up an appointment to determine the best solution for your needs.
Temporary Flipper Tooth
The flipper tooth is held in place by the surrounding teeth. It is made to be removable, making it a convenient solution for people who are looking for a temporary tooth replacement or who worry about dental hygiene with other appliances.
Flipper teeth are commonly used as a temporary solution for people who have lost a tooth due to injury, extraction, or other reasons. In these cases, the flipper tooth can be used to fill the gap created by the missing tooth, restoring the person’s smile and helping to maintain their oral health.
This can be especially important for people who have lost a front tooth, as this can have a significant impact on their appearance and self-esteem.
Flipper Tooth: Made to Order
Flipper teeth are typically made to order by a dental laboratory based on an impression of the patient’s mouth. This ensures that the flipper tooth fits precisely over the existing teeth and is comfortable to wear.
The type of material used to make a flipper tooth can be chosen based on the person’s preference as well, but it is usually made of a flexible plastic material that is easy to clean and maintain. It is designed to last for several months or longer.
Low-Cost Tooth Replacement Solution
One of the main benefits of a flipper tooth is that it is relatively inexpensive compared to other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants or bridges. This makes it a popular choice for people who are looking for a temporary solution while they consider a more permanent tooth replacement.
Flipper Teeth Are Low-Maintenance Options
Another benefit of a flipper tooth is that it is easy to clean and maintain. Unlike dental implants or bridges, which require special cleaning and maintenance, flipper teeth can be removed and cleaned as needed. This can make it a convenient solution for people who are looking for a temporary tooth replacement but are not ready for a more permanent option.
Is a Flipper Tooth Right for Me?
There are some limitations to flipper teeth that may not make them the right choice for everyone. For example, they are not as stable as other tooth replacement options, and they may be more likely to slip or move out of place. This can be especially problematic for people who are missing multiple teeth, as it can make it more difficult to eat, talk, or smile with confidence.
Another limitation of flipper teeth is that they may not be as durable as other tooth replacement options, so they may not be able to withstand daily wear and tear.
If you think that a flipper tooth may be right for you, schedule an appointment at Dison Family Dentistry today to find out.
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