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Is A Flipper Denture Right For You?

Flipper dentures, also known as acrylic removable partial dentures, are a type of temporary denture that can be used to fill gaps in your smile. These dentures consist of a retainer with one or more prosthetic teeth, and they're usually used to replace missing front teeth. If you have gaps in your smile, you may be wondering if a flipper denture is a good option for you.

Getting Your Dentures

If you lose one or more of your front teeth due to injury or decay, you may feel very self-conscious about the new gaps in your smile. Flipper dentures can be used to fill these gaps right away. To create the denture, your dentist will need to take an impression of your mouth. A dental laboratory will then use this impression to make your flipper denture.

Cost Concerns

The cost of flipper dentures will vary depending on factors like your location and how many prosthetic teeth are needed. According to the Dental Implant Cost Guide, your dental flipper will cost you anywhere from $300 to $500 depending on the materials your dentists uses and how many teeth you need to replace. Your dentist will be able to let you know how much you can expect to pay, but flipper dentures are the least expensive kind of temporary denture available.You may be able to reduce your out-of-pocket costs even further by going to a local dental school for your treatment.

What to Expect

When you first get your new flipper denture, it may feel bulky or awkward inside your mouth, explains the American Dental Association (ADA), but you'll get used to the appliance with time. If you feel pain or pressure in any areas due to the dentures, tell your dentist. Pain or pressure aren't things that you need to get used to; they indicate that the fit of the dentures needs to be adjusted.

Because your flipper denture is a retainer, you'll be able to flip it out of position with your tongue, explains Dear Doctor. Try to avoid playing with the appliance with your tongue to keep it in place. Flipper dentures are also prone to staining, so it's a good idea to avoid highly pigmented foods and drinks like coffee, dark juice and curries to keep your appliance looking its best.

Maintaining Flipper Dentures

Your flipper dentures need to be cleaned every day to get rid of plaque and food particles. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush, like the Colgate® 360°® Enamel Health™ Sensitive Toothbrush, to clean the dentures, but avoid using toothpaste. Toothpaste can be too harsh for dentures. Instead, the ADA recommends using a mild soap like hand soap or dish washing liquid. Thoroughly rinse your dentures before you put them back in your mouth.

Next Steps

Usually, flipper dentures are a temporary solution, and once the wound has healed, a permanent solution like dental implants or a fixed bridge will be used. Since flipper dentures can be uncomfortable and have a loose fit, they're not a good long-term option for many patients.

However, flipper dentures may be a suitable permanent tooth replacement option in some cases. Your dentist may recommend long-term use of the denture if you aren't a good candidate for dental implants or a fixed bridge. If you have financial limitations, a flipper denture may also be the most economical solution for you.

If you're missing one or more of your front teeth, ask your dentist if flipper dentures are a good option for you.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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