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772 Implant in Stuart Florida offers many solutions for missing teeth. Patients often ask about our dental flippers, which can be a viable option for temporary tooth replacement depending on personal factors. Dr. James Horan wants his patients to be able to make an informed decision to ensure optimal satisfaction with their treatment. Read on for an overview of flippers, including benefits, disadvantages, and potential risks.
Flippers are removable partial dentures that are generally used as temporary replacements when you are missing either upper or lower teeth. They come in the form of retainers with a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) attached that either fit along the roof of your mouth or on your lower jaw. Flippers usually cost between $140 – $350 depending on.
People choose to wear flippers for a few different reasons. A common use of them is as a temporary replacement front tooth option. If you need teeth cover option after a tooth extraction or another tooth that would show when you smile, it can be a good short-term solution. Patients also wear these while their new dental implants are healing. This is because the wait time between having dental implants and waiting for new artificial teeth to be placed is usually about 4 – 6 months.
Choosing whether to use flipper teeth is a purely personal decision. We encourage patients to look at the potential downsides and weigh them against the advantages before they make a choice.
[Cost] Flippers are one of the cheapest options for replacement teeth.
[Appearance] The teeth used with flippers appear natural, and the acrylic material bears a passing resemblance to natural gums.
[Convenience] Remove your flippers easily for cleaning, eating, or whenever you choose.
[Stabilization] Flippers can prevent your existing teeth from shifting to accommodate the space in your mouth.
[Utility] For some people, it can make chewing/eating more comfortable.
[Fragile] Unfortunately, flippers are not the most durable appliances. They are made with lightweight materials and require careful handling, which can be an inconvenience. One can also argue that this affects the cost-effectiveness – although they are cheap, it could add up if you end up having to replace them.
[Risk of gum recession] Flippers cover your gums, which makes it hard for your saliva to do its part in cleaning your mouth. As a result, there is a risk of gum recession.
[Discomfort] While having a removable tooth (or teeth) is comfortable for some, others find them bulky and uncomfortable.
[Maintenance] With regular use, flippers can potentially loosen up. When this happens, you will have to ask your dentist to make an adjustment to continue wearing it properly.
[Temporary] Depending on personal preference, some may decide that it is easier altogether to just wait until they are able to get a more permanent replacement for their missing teeth.
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Yes. Flipper dentures are a good way to make eating more comfortable when you have a tooth missing in a place that makes it difficult to chew. If you have ever had a tooth extraction or have lost teeth for any reason, you may have experienced how difficult, and at times uncomfortable it can be to eat with an empty space. It can be exceedingly difficult to get used to. These false teeth will fill the space and could make eating more comfortable again.
On the flip side, if the flipper takes the place of a front tooth, for example, you may want to take it out while eating. They are not particularly durable and sometimes break easily.
Flippers are made from denture acrylic material that is made to look like your gums. Your dentist will start the process by taking an impression of your mouth. After grinding down an artificial tooth to fit the space in your mouth, it will be attached to an acrylic, retainer-like denture. It generally takes less than a week to complete the prosthesis.
While flippers are a valid option for missing teeth, they truly are most appropriate as a short-term solution. They are more comfortable for some people than others. Flipper teeth often sit loosely in the mouth, and it is common for them to slip. Their lightweight design also makes them more vulnerable to damage.
While your dentist can recommend the best course of treatment for your teeth, you ultimately have the final say. The best strategy is to arm yourself with knowledge and make an informed decision.
To find out if flippers are right for you and for information about cost and payment options, call 772 Implant to schedule an appointment today (772) 467-5268.