What Are Flipper Teeth and What Are They Used For?
Posted on 5/29/2020 by Dr. Castellon
Also known as acrylic removable partial dentures, flipper teeth have been with us for a while now. When a tooth is removed for any given number of reasons, the gum and its underlying bone usually have to take some time before they are completely healed and ready for a more permanent fix. This means that the gum and bone can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to six months to heal permanently. However, if the affected teeth are somewhere that's easily seen, you will need a placeholder to keep the gap from being seen.
Getting Your Flippers
Since no one wants to walk around with gaps, especially in their front teeth these flipper teeth are perfect options for you. They keep people from feeling self-conscious when they open their mouth to speak, smile or even eat. Once you come to us with this need, we will take an impression of your mouth so that the lab can tailor make a flipper denture specifically made for you so that it can fit perfectly and not stand out in any way whatsoever. Once you get these flipper teeth, you will feel as if there is something alien in your mouth which is very natural. With time, the teeth will become a part of you and you will barely notice them yourself. If you feel any pressure or pain from the flipper teeth, do not hesitate to let us know right away since they shouldn't be there. They are a sign that the denture's fit needs some adjusting.
Maintaining Flipper Teeth
Even though these are not real teeth, they still need to be taken care of. These flipper dentures should be cleaned every day so that foreign objects such as food particles and plaque do not manifest. However, it's recommended that you use a mild soap or dish washing liquid to wash these flipper teeth instead of toothpaste. After cleaning them, make sure you rinse them a couple of times to eliminate any soap smell. If your teeth have been knocked out or you have simply lost them to a dental woe such as plaque, don't be worried. We will suite you with world class flipper teeth that are so good; no one will know the difference.