Missing teeth can be embarrassing, especially if you are missing your front teeth. Your dentist can suggest tooth replacement procedures with you, but a good temporary solution is a flipper.
A flipper is not exactly a true denture. Rather, it is a retainer made out of acrylic with prosthetic teeth attached to the front. They are called flippers because they can easily be flipped out of your mouth with your tongue. However, you should avoid doing that.
Your flipper may feel awkward at first. Your mouth may produce excess saliva, and it will take some time to get used to it. You should not experience any pain or pressure, and if you do, your dentist will need to adjust your flipper.
You should clean your flipper once a day with a soft bristled toothbrush or denture brush. You can use denture toothpaste or dish or hand soap. Your will need to soak your flipper overnight in a denture solution. Flippers can stain easily, so keep that in mind when you are enjoying dark colored foods and drinks.
On the whole, flippers are not meant to be permanent tooth replacements. They are cosmetic fixes, used to improve your appearance and your ability to speak effectively while your permanent replacements, such as dentures, a bridge, or implants are being prepared. However, because they are cost effective, many people use them for permanent tooth replacements.
If you are missing front teeth, you should visit with our dentist, Dr. Anthony Foster at Foster Dental in Brooklyn, New York, to see if a flipper is for you. To make an appointment, call 718-673-8060 today.