Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What is a Dental Flipper?


A removable partial denture is also known as a flipper. It is the least expensive option for tooth replacement. It is considered a temporary solution because it is the least stable of all replacement options.

Flipper teeth are false teeth that are attached to an apparatus similar to an orthodontic retainer.  The pink plastic of the base is made from the same brittle acrylic used in standard full dentures. This type of replacement improves the person’s appearance.  Most people have difficulty eating with the flipper in place because it is not stable.

Do to their irregular shape, flippers tend to break easy.  In order to strengthen them, they are often made thicker. This can take some time to become accustom to the apparatus. Flippers also sit on the gums, which can cause irritation. Also as the gums resorb, the false teeth tend to sink. This results in frequent relining.

While a bridge is more expensive, it is much more stable.  A bridge is preferable do to the stability and security they provide.  Unlike a flipper, a bridge does not move while eating and does not get removed.  A bridge is permanently attached to the teeth and gives the appearance of natural teeth.

Dr. Christopher Dail
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