5 Things You Should Know About Flipper Teeth

A Temporary Tooth-Replacement Solution

If your teen has knocked out a tooth or you’re in the middle of a NYC oral surgery and facing a long healing period before you get your final restoration, one of our New York City flippers may be exactly what the doctor ordered. These temporary partial dentures are designed to be worn as an interim prosthetic until it’s time for a more permanent tooth replacement. Read on to discover the 5 most important things you should know about a flipper tooth.

1. The benefits of a flipper tooth are numerous.

Much like jewelry, flipper dentures are easily removeable each night and can slide right back in the next morning. And not only do they fill gaps and improve your appearance, but they provide stability for your surrounding teeth, preventing them from shifting. The icing on the cake? Flipper teeth are the most affordable choice when considering temporary teeth replacement methods.

Our flipper teeth are made in our Manhattan office lab While-U-Wait, making them convenient for busy schedules. Our flipper teeth patients come in with a missing a tooth and leave within 1-3 hours with their new partial denture in place.

Since flipper teeth are for missing front teeth, we also offer Nesbit dentures which are placed in the rear of your mouth to hold space for a missing molar. Nesbit teeth are attached to adjacent molars with metal clasps, and like flippers, they’re an interim teeth replacement option.

2. Caring for your flipper is as easy as caring for your natural teeth.

Proper care of your flipper denture will keep it squeaky-clean and your oral health ship-shape. Here’s what you need to do. Brush it twice a day (when you brush your other teeth) and use denture toothpaste and lukewarm water to ensure it remains in good condition. While you sleep, soak your flipper in water, and a few times a week, in denture cleaning solution.

3. Flipper teeth are the affordable choice.

When you compare flippers to other denture alternatives, such as dental implants, bridges, partial dentures, they’re the less expensive choice. One of the things that keep the price down is that flipper dentures typically hold only 1-2 teeth and are made of acrylic and designed to be temporary. So, if you’re missing one or two front teeth, the cost-effectiveness of flippers make them an ideal solution while you’re making long-term plans.

4. Eating with a flipper tooth is more comfortable than eating with a missing tooth.

If you’re missing a tooth, you know firsthand how difficult it can be to chew. Flipper dentures remove that obstacle and allow you to enjoy most your favorite foods. We recommend you start with softer, smaller pieces and work your way up to more substantial food. It’s best to avoid sticky, hard, and chewy foods as well as dark-colored beverages while you’re wearing a flipper. Remember that flippers are only temporary, so a short break from nuts and candy won’t last forever.

5. It’s important to remove your flipper while you sleep.

It not only feels good to slip your flipper out as you head to bed, but it’s good for you and the device as well. Giving your gums a break will prevent bone deterioration, gum recession, and gum disease. Taking a brief hiatus of at least 8 hours while you sleep gives your gums a chance to breathe.

Still have questions?

You can find more information about our superior flipper teeth dentures here at The Denture Center. Or call our New York City office today at Herald Square Dental Phone Number (212) 689-0024, and we’ll be happy to answer any additional questions you may have. We look forward to restoring your smile and your quality of life with this superior temporary tooth-replacement solution.