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Flipper is the most readily available and practical short-term solution that can be made in short amout of time to get a patient back to smiling. Also known as styplate, transitional partial or interim partial, flippers are a temporary acrylic partial designed for the purpose of healing, tooth space maintaining or a situation prior to a permanent treatment. This prosthetic is designed for temporary esthetics and limited function only.
What are flipper dentures?
Flipper dentures are removable temporary tooth replacements designed to fill a gap in your smile made by one or two missing teeth. A flipper usually consists of an acrylic, gum-colored retainer plate that fits into the roof of your mouth or inside your lower jaw. It contains one or more acrylic teeth that are shaped to fit your bite and look like your natural teeth.
When you pop a custom-made flipper into your mouth, it’s effectively secured by your natural teeth. In some cases, flippers are made with clasps that attach to your natural teeth, much like removable partial dentures.
Are flipper dentures right for me?
If you’ve lost one or more of your front teeth due to injury, decay, or illness, a flipper can help you fill the gaps in your smile right away, so you don’t have to feel self-conscious or avoid normal activities while you wait for a permanent solution.
Using an impression of either your upper palate or your lower palate, the team at Denture In can create a flipper quickly — usually in just a day or two.
If you know in advance that you have to have one of your front teeth removed because of excess decay, a flipper can be made ahead of time so you won’t have to go without teeth for more than a day or so as your gum tissue heals.
What are the benefits of flipper dentures?
Besides providing a quick, easy way to restore a natural-looking smile, flipper dentures offer a variety of benefits, including:
Wearing flippers helps stabilize your natural teeth and prevents them from shifting in your mouth as you wait for a permanent restoration.
Flippers are generally considered the most comfortable type of temporary denture available.
Flippers are easy to put in and take out; they’re also easy to replace.
Flippers are the least expensive type of temporary dental restoration available, making them an ideal solution for many adults.
How do I clean my flipper dentures?
Because flipper dentures partially cover your gums, it’s essential that you clean both your appliance and your underlying gum tissue properly every day. Flipper dentures that aren’t cleaned properly can quickly compound your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
To maintain optimal oral hygiene, clean your flippers after each meal as well at the end of the day. After rinsing them under running water to remove any loose food particles, brush away any remaining residues with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a mild toothpaste made specifically for dentures.
To find out if flipper dentures are right for you, call Denture In today, or schedule an appointment online any time.