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  • Replacing teeth on an existing flipper: I have had my flipper for forty years. It is very comfortable and fits very well. I would prefer not to change the flipper just the teeth. For some reason the flipper sits higher in my mouth resulting in the two front flipper teeth being shorter than my permanent teeth. Is it possible to just change the teeth and not the entire flipper? ... Visitor from Canada     (answer)

  • I am awaiting implants and so am using a flipper in the interim. I have had this flipper for 2 months now. My mouth and tongue are so sore, sensitive, swollen and dry. It is really hard and uncomfortable for me to eat and or drink anything. My teeth feel like razor blades against my tongue. Is this from the flipper? What can I do to solve this problem. I have been on all kinds of antibiotics and then mouth rinses. ... Visitor from Ontario     (answer)

  • I need a flipper instead of a metal partial for my upper mouth. Am I foolish for the $400 quoted difference to get the flipper? I am 87 years old and on no medications, in good health ... Visitor from Whiting     (answer)

  • I got a flipper a month ago. I wear it all the time, but I still talk like my mouth is stuffed with cotton. Will that ever end or is this the way I will always talk? ... Visitor from AL     (answer)

  • I was wondering if there was any way to use a flipper or any other cosmetic quick fix for people in need of venners. I am wanting to replace all 6 front teeth with venners but it is too expensive for all at one time. Is there any quick fix to this? ... Visitor from KS     (answer)

  • Flippers: I have five back teeth on my upper that is missing. They are not my front teeth. I have 3 on one side and 2 on the other side. Could a flipper fix this problem for me? ... Visitor from AL     (answer)

  • Required? My oral surgeon told me to get a dental flipper to wear while I am awaiting my dental implants. This is something not covered by insurance and I am wondering if this purely cosmetic or required to prevent my teeth from shifting. The cost of the flipper is $500 for something I will wear for 5 months tops. I have also heard that a flipper may irritate your mouth and be hard to get used to. What is the protocol while awaiting implants and it is necessary to get the flipper? I would rather not spend the money if it is not necessary. ... Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Partial Denture or Flipper? My front tooth is missing. Can a dentist put in a flipper immediately? ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Swelling: How long does it take for the flipper to look natural to your face? When does swelling go down? ... Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Flippers: When I was in 3rd grade I knocked out my permanent tooth. I'm now 15 and they recently extracted my tooth and the veneer. I have a flipper and can't get an implant until I'm older. I was wondering if there are any types of flippers out there that can somehow clip onto my teeth better. Also (this isn't as important as the last question) if there are any that don't cover as much of the roof of my mouth as it does. ... Visitor from NH     (answer)

  • Flipper versus Implant Versus Bridgework: I had my front tooth pulled approximately 2 weeks ago and have a flipper tooth for now, which is very uncomfortable. I could get a dental implant which will take approximately a year to reconstruct, or get a bridge and shave down teeth that are healthy. Are there any other options? ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Bad Flipper? I've been going to USC dental clinic. They pulled out a front tooth as the root was infected. Now I have a very uncomfortable flipper. They are planning to put in a Maryland Bridge. I have to wait a month for this. Is there something else I can do that my insurance would assist me in paying for? It's been awful going all week with an ill-fitting flipper! ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Shouldn't an upper flipper conform to the roof of the mouth very closely and not be terribly uncomfortable? ... Visitor from WA     (answer)

  • Are there full upper flippers and how soon can they be used after all upper teeth have been extracted? ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Is the flipper a natural look or is it obvious that you have teeth missing? ... Visitor from IL     (answer)





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