A flipper tooth is a tooth replacement option that consists of at least one false tooth secured to an acrylic base. The dental flipper tooth is a cheap and effective way to hide the gap caused by a missing tooth while the patient is waiting for a pe
rmanent tooth replacement.
Dental flippers snap securely into place when the patients put them in their mouths. When flippers are properly fitted, they should not interfere with talking or chewing. They should not feel uncomfortable or loose.
Some patients complain that the flippers move while trying to talk or eat. If this occurs, the patient should ask the dentist to adjust the fit of the flipper. A properly fitting dental flipper may still take some time to get used to wearing, but it should function well.
Flipper teeth are often used for adolescents who lose a permanent tooth due to an accident or fall. Though dental implants may be the permanent tooth replacement that the parent may want for the child, dentists often recommend that the implant not be placed until the patient reaches eighteen years of age.
Bridges and other permanent tooth replacements can interfere with the growth of the jaw. Therefore, the removable flipper is the ideal method to replace a tooth in adolescents. If the patient is to get braces, the orthodontist can suggest ways to incorporate a false tooth to hide the gap.
One of the biggest advantages to wearing flipper teeth or flexible partial denture as they are sometimes called, is that it is the cheapest professional tooth replacement method. A flipper typically costs between two hundred and five hundred dollars.
By comparison, a dental implant can cost over one thousand dollars per tooth. A bridge can be used to replace a tooth. A dental bridge is a false tooth that is secured permanently to the remaining adjacent teeth. A dental bridge typically costs over one thousand dollars, sometimes as high as three thousand dollars.
Many patients use flipper teeth while saving money for a dental implant or bridge. The flipper teeth are considered a temporary solution to missing teeth. Some dentists describe a flipper as being expected to last approximately five months. However, some patients wear them for over a year.
Caring for flipper teeth includes brushing or using a denture cleaner. They can be stored in a small plastic container as is used to hold an orthodontic retainer. The dentist should provide detailed instructions for caring for flipper teeth.
While using flipper teeth, flossing is especially important. The acrylic support structure tends to compact food between the teeth. If the person fails to floss regularly, the teeth in contact with the flipper are at high risk of tooth decay.