Question: I need to have a front tooth pulled and then wait four months before my implant, then four months more for the crown. I was told the only way to have a temporary tooth during this time is to wear a removable denture with one fake tooth. My dentist called it a ‘flipper.’ This sounds very cumbersome; any ideas? – Dr. Vatore in Boynton
Answer: Anything you put in your mouth named after a TV show about a sea mammal can’t be fun.
A ‘flipper’ or transitional partial denture, is very common. They can temporarily affect speech and can be difficult to eat with (much like my parents after two glasses of wine).
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by Dr. Mitchell A. JosephsTags: dental flipper, front tooth pulled, Mitchell Josephs