If are missing perhaps one or two teeth, you have some options for restoring your smile. Your dentist may suggest an implant, bridge or a partial denture. However, the idea of a great deal of hardware in your mouth may not be appealing, and implants may be out of your price range at the moment. In such cases, a flipper denture may work well for you.
You should keep in mind that a flipper is not actually a denture. It is a retainer with prosthetic teeth attached to it. It is not as strong as true dentures or implants, and in most cases, a flipper is temporary, and used only while an actual denture is being crafted. But, many people find that flippers are affordable solutions for replacing a small number of missing teeth.
You will need to clean your flipper at least once a day. You should gently brush with a soft toothbrush or a denture brush. Use a toothpaste made of for dentures, and not the same toothpaste you use for your natural teeth. You will want to wash it over a sink full of water, or a towel, so that there is less of a chance that they will break if you drop them. Place them in a denture soaking solution overnight, which will help them retain their shape, and keep them clean.
If you smile is short a tooth or two, you may want to consider getting a flipper denture. If you live in the Tulare, California, area, feel free to call 559-688-4111 for an appointment with our dentist, Dr. James C. Ma to see what he recommends for you.