A flipper is best suited for replacing 1-3 teeth for a short period of time. For example, if you plan to have an implant placed or a bridge made in the near future, a flipper can serve as an interim solution until more definitive treatment can be completed.
Our office can make you a partial denture if you have lost some of your teeth. Dentures not only replace teeth and make chewing and eating easier, but they can restore your smile and your confidence. There are a number of ways to replace teeth and most require several steps to ensure the best look and fit. Make an appointment and we can discuss the options that would best suit your needs.
A few common types of partials are flippers, acrylic partials, flexible partials (Valplast or Duraflex), and cast metal partials.
Dentures and Partials in Roanoke
If you are missing all of your teeth or if all of your teeth need to be removed due to decay or gum disease, you may be a candidate for complete dentures. Dentures are not the same as your real teeth, but are a great improvement over no teeth at all. Compared to having no teeth, dentures make it easier to speak, eat, and smile confidently. Our office will take the time to assess whether a complete dentures are right for you. If so, our doctors we will work with you over several appointments to fabricate a lifelike, comfortable set of dentures. If you need teeth removed prior to having dentures made, we do offer tooth extractions at our office.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long can you wear a dental flipper?
Usually flippers are designed to last 2-5 years.
Is a flipper the same as a partial?
Flippers refer to a hard acrylic type of partial that usually lasts only 2-5 years. There are other types of partials which are more durable and may be more comfortable.
Does a flipper tooth look real?
A flipper is designed to look like a real tooth. The tooth color and shape is selected to best match the adjacent teeth.