When a tooth is suddenly knocked out, it can be embarrassing, especially if the tooth was very visible. There are many options for filling in that missing tooth to choose from. You can get a dental implant or maybe arrange to have some bridgework done. The only problem is that all these solutions take a bit of time to accomplish. If you need to fill that gap fast, speak to your dentist about a flipper tooth.
A flipper tooth is another name for a partial denture. Partial dentures are a non-invasive way to cope with a missing tooth. In many cases, they are a quicker solution than implants or bridges. A partial denture also provides the wearer with an attractive solution while they are waiting to get something more permanent done. Here is what else to know about flippers or partial dentures:
- Partial dentures are not to be worn all the time. They must be removed for cleaning and at night.
- Ask your dentist about wearing a partial denture while eating. You can make your partial last longer if you remove it, most of the time, for eating.
- In most cases, a partial denture will look natural to the casual observer. It's made to be the same shape and color as your other teeth and will blend in beautifully with your smile.
- The partial denture is designed with a crown or false tooth attached to a plate that rests against your upper or lower mouth area.
- You may have seen advertisements for flipper teeth that you can order online. You place the molding material in your mouth and send it back to the business. However, the quality of these mail-order teeth is far from adequate. They are often constructed of inferior materials, have fit issues, and break easily. Rather, ask your dentist about having a partial denture created in a dental lab. The difference in quality is astonishing.
- Prices on partial dentures vary but they are usually a lot less than you think.
- Partial dentures take only a day or so to be made. You can be fitted and enjoy your new partial all in the same week, in most cases.
- Flipper teeth that are well-made can last a long time. However, partial dentures are not usually as long-lasting as other, more permanent solutions like dental implants and bridges.
Talk to a general dentistry professional about partial dentures to find out more.