Missing teeth can be a source of embarrassment. When the teeth in question are your front teeth, you will can feel very self-conscious. Aside from the cosmetic issues, without your front teeth, you will have trouble speaking and eating effectively. Dental implants are very popular, as well as sturdy very effective. But they can be expensive and if you take certain medications or have certain medical conditions, they may not work for you. Dentures are easy to clean, and often can be ready in a single day. But if finances are a concern to you, you might want to consider a flipper denture.
A flipper denture, or a flipper, as it is often called, is not really a denture. Actually, it is a retainer that has been fitted with one more prosthetic teeth. Normally, a flipper is used to temporarily replace your teeth while permanent dentures are being made, or your mouth heals from surgery and you are getting ready for a replacement procedure. But since a flipper is relatively inexpensive when compared to other types of tooth replacements, some people opt to continue to use them on a permanent basis. The flipper gets its name from the fact that it is easily moved, or flipped out of place with your tongue. That is not advisable; your flipper is not a strong as a regular denture and you need to handle it with care. You can clean your flipper with denture toothpaste and toothbrush with soft bristles. You should soak your flipper overnight in a denture solution to keep it clean and moist.
If you need to replace your front teeth and would like to find out if a flipper would work for you, why not talk to our dentist, Dr. Barry LeJeune? If you live in the Hampton, Virginia area and would like to schedule an appointment at LeJeune Family Dentistry, call (757) 827-9114 today. We look forward to seeing you soon.