No one wants to be seen with missing teeth. Having to walk around with a noticeable missing tooth can have a negative impact on the person's confidence and self-esteem. A flipper tooth quickly solves this problem by replacing the lost tooth. Many dentists can make a flipper tooth quickly for the patient to use while waiting for a permanent tooth replacement.
This tooth replacement option is considered temporary, because dental flippers are not as durable as traditional partial dentures. A flipper tooth is made of acrylic resin which is a type of plastic. Unlike regular dentures, this completely plastic denture is flexible.
Regular dentures have a metal frame to help them be more durable. Though the lack of durability is a disadvantage to the flippers, the flexibility can be an advantage. Many people find flexible partial dentures to be more comfortable than the rigid regular partial dentures.
The only tooth replacement method that is cheaper than dental flippers is a false tooth kit. A false tooth kit contains the materials for the customer to mold a fake tooth to fit into a gap from a missing tooth. These tooth kits typically sell for less than fifty dollars.
A disadvantage of these kits is that they have limited availability since not many stores or online merchants sell them. Another disadvantage of a fake tooth kit is that the tooth usually does not look natural or fit securely like a real tooth.
Tooth replacements can be expensive. Dental implants sometimes cost over one thousand dollars per tooth. Dental bridges typically cost approximately nine hundred dollars. By comparison, the flipper tooth is an ideal option since the price range for this option is usually two hundred to five hundred dollars.
Because they are cheap, these tooth replacements are often chosen to be used until the person can save the money for a permanent solution. People need to remember that the expected life of flipper teeth is less than a year.
While this can give the person a chance to save for a bridge or implant, repeatedly replacing a flipper while saving for a permanent tooth replacement can end up delaying when the person can replace the tooth permanently. The dentist can give the patient instructions for ways to help prolong the life of the flipper tooth.
Flipper teeth may be easier for the person to adjust to since they are not rigid like regular partial dentures are. Dental flippers save time as it takes less time to make them and have them fitted. Other tooth replacements usually take considerably longer. For patients who are waiting for a permanent solution,Â flippers are a good temporary choice. A flipper tooth quickly restores a smile in many ways.