Dental Flipper Questions

To replace a lost tooth my dentist put in a dental flipper. I haven’t been told how to care for it. Also, I wondered how long it typically takes to get used to the flipper. Right now I’m still talking a little funny with it.

Karlyn from Little Rock


First, I want to make sure you understand that a dental flipper is usually just a temporary placement, while you wait for your permanent tooth replacement such as dental implants. I’m not sure if your dentist made that clear to you. Occasionally, for budgetary reasons, people will get a flipper as their permanent solution, but they will require constant vigilant care to make them last for you.

To care for your flipper you simply brush it like you would your natural teeth. You can also use denture tablets. Flippers aren’t meant to be used regularly for eating. If you do eat on them, excuse yourself immediately, remove it and wash it out. It doesn’t take long for your adjacent teeth to start incurring damage if you don’t.

Flippers can be stored in an orthodontic case, such as is used for retainers. Your dentist may have one on hand he can give you, or you can get one from an dental  supply company or a general merchandise store.

One thing concerns me about your above question. You mentioned talking funny with it. Truthfully, you shouldn’t talk funny with it at all. I suspect it doesn’t fit properly. Call your dentist and tell him what is going on. He should have you come in for an adjustment.

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