Though similar in concept to partial dentures, flippers are one tooth dentures that are usually used as a temporary measure as they are not very stable or comfortable to wear. Flippers are usually used immediately after the removal of a tooth while the area heals. Flippers, or “flipper teeth,” are temporary, lightweight dentures that serve as placeholders in the wearer’s mouth till a more permanent solution presents itself.
A flipper consists of an acrylic body with small clasps that wrap around teeth to hold the appliance in place. Flippers are not as bulky or strong as partial dentures and are not usually meant for back teeth.
However, flippers are a great temporary option for replacing one or two missing front teeth. For instance, you had undergone the extraction of a front tooth and didn’t want to have a gap in your smile while waiting for a partial denture to be fabricated, having a flipper on the day of the extraction itself is the best solution.
However, in some cases, a flipper can be a permanent option to replace a front tooth, primarily for aesthetic purposes. One advantage of flippers is that they are also a very economical choice compared to other tooth-replacement methods.
People can lose a tooth due to a number of reasons – it can be pulled, damaged beyond repair, suffer from a disease, or otherwise decay. The reason for the tooth-loss will affect when it can be replaced. The average wait time to get a new tooth can be anywhere between six weeks and six months. This is the time taken for the gums and bones to heal, which is necessary before you can have permanent dentures.
When you visit us for tooth extraction, our dentist will cast your tooth for a flipper mold before extracting the real thing. This reduces the time you may need to spend without a tooth. Flippers offer some real health benefits too. Besides making chewing and talking easier, flippers have been proven to reduce the amount of bone loss you suffer three to four months after losing your tooth. Since flippers are made from acrylic resin, they can quickly be fabricated and introduced into the mouth.
If you have gaps in your smile, flippers are an option worth considering, either as a temporary or a permanent measure.