To put it bluntly, a dental flipper is an acrylic removal partial denture. These false teeth are one of several ways to replace missing teeth. This isn’t necessarily an ideal way of replacing these teeth, but it is one that can be useful if the need arises.
Your dentist may recommend the use of a dental flipper if you only need a temporary replacement of teeth. Usually these can be recommended and used if there is the plan for implants in your future. These can also be used during the period of healing after an extraction.
Due to the lower cost of the dental flipper, this dental tool can be used instead of going without a tooth at all. These are an affordable option for those who are unable to afford the implant procedure or the cost of dentures.
Flippers are useful for several reasons:
- Compared to other dental options, flippers are rather inexpensive
- They can be made in fewer visits to the dentist, also assisting in keeping the cost low
- If adjustments are needed, they can be made easily, and if there is the need to add more teeth at a later date, this can be done easily as well
- Because of the lighter weight, the flipper is easier to get used to, which can also be a negative, because you may not feel the need to replace them with your original plan of implants
But what are the negatives?
- Because of the need to keep the cost down, and how lightweight they are, flippers are easily broken if they are not cared for properly
- If you are sensitive to equipment in your mouth, the more broad size of the flipper and the thickness may make it uncomfortable to use
- The size and design make it difficult to maintain the healthy and proper hygiene of your mouth. The gums are often covered and saliva is not allowed to perform its function. If not cared for properly, the flipper can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease
- If not made correctly, the anchoring piece may loosen. Since the flipper has to be anchored on another tooth, this can cause problems and discomfort.
Proper care is very important while using a flipper. You should not wear them to bed. You will need to follow your dentist’s instructions for care carefully and make sure you clean them every day.
Do you have alternatives to a dental flipper? If course you do. These should all be discussed with you before you make the decision to get a flipper so that you choose the method that will work best for you. You should consider these options and all risks before making a decision. A metal removable partial denture may be more what you need. These are still removable, yet more sturdy than the plastic options. Bridgework is placed in your mouth by anchoring it to permanent teeth, however it may compromise the integrity of your healthy tooth. And of course, the best option, and also the most expensive, is an implant.