If you are missing a tooth, you might face the problems of chewing your food or having your confidence lowered. A dental flipper is the best temporary replacement for one or more missing teeth.
Dental flippers are removable partial dentures made from denture acrylic and serve as an attractive prosthetic tooth option. A flipper uses clasps like a retainer to fit along your mouth palate.
They are temporary fixtures used before a dental implant. After a bone or tissue graft or tooth extraction, the site needs time to heal. Here, dentists use flippers as a semi-permanent option.
Flippers teeth have benefits for the wearers, which include:
Take the following precautions to ensure clean flippers and protect your oral health:
Dental flippers are comparatively less expensive than other denture alternatives. A flipper tooth can cost anywhere between $300 and $500. However, additional charges may be required for their periodic adjustment and repairs.
The cost of dental flippers can also vary depending on the number of teeth being replaced and the materials used to manufacture the flipper tooth.
It is hard to chew food with a missing tooth. However, a flipper tooth makes eating more comfortable. With a new flipper tooth, you should begin with chewing soft food that is cut into smaller pieces and take smaller bites. Eat soft, denture friendly foods like mashed vegetables, applesauce, soups, cooked cereals, yogurt, etc. At later stages, you can also enjoy foods such as cooked vegetables, pasta, slow-cooked meats, chocolate desserts, soft, ripe fruits, etc. Remove and clean your dental flippers after eating, and rinse your mouth.
While eating with a flipper tooth, avoid eating:
Continuously wearing flippers can put pressure on the tissue below them. This can cause the bone to deteriorate, lead to receding gums, and also cause painless fungal infection in the gums. It is advised to remove dental flippers for about 8 hours, generally before going to bed at night, to allow your gums to breathe.
Are you still uncertain about dental flippers? Contact our dentist in West Des Moines, and we will be happy to answer all your dental queries.