If you have lost a tooth, there are a few different ways that you can complete your smile. A dental bridge, a dental implant and a single tooth denture are all tooth replacements for missing teeth. Also known as a flipper tooth, a single tooth denture is a removable prosthesis that can be worn on the upper or lower jaw to fill in any gaps. Let’s take a look at how it works.
What Is A Removable Partial Denture?
If you are missing one or more teeth but still have some natural teeth remaining on your arch, you may be a candidate for a partial denture. Also known as a flipper, this denture can be removed for cleaning and overnight.
It resembles a retainer, which will sit on the root of your mouth or over your lower jaw, and it will have a single tooth in the position that yours is missing.
The false tooth will be placed on a base that is the same colour as your gums and will be matched to the same colour as the other teeth in your mouth.
When you smile or speak, the replacement tooth will fill in the gap left behind by your missing teeth and no one else should know the difference.
What Are The Different Types Of Partial And Single Tooth Dentures?
In Australia, you can get single tooth dentures with bases that are made from different materials: acrylic, chrome and flexible.
Flexible single tooth dentures do not require clasps and fit flexibly into the mouth with comfort.
What Are The Benefits Of A Flipper Tooth?
Wearing a single tooth denture poses a number of benefits for your dental health including
- A natural-looking and full smile
- An affordable tooth replacement for missing teeth that costs less than a dental implant, and that does not compromise the integrity of the adjacent teeth like a dental bridge
- A quick tooth replacement that can often be completed on the same day
- An easy to wear and use tooth replacement
- Mouth stabilisation so that your remaining natural teeth do not drift into the gap that has been left behind
- The ability to eat and chew comfortably
- Confidence when speaking to other people
What Can You Expect After A Single Tooth Denture
It will probably take you a few days to get used to wearing your new denture. Initially, it might feel a bit uncomfortable or cause some irritation to develop in your mouth. Over the course of the first week, you should become more used to your partial denture and speaking and eating will get easier with time.
To keep your removable partial denture in the best possible condition, you must follow your dental practitioner’s advice for cleaning and storing it. Dentures need to be kept moist when not in use. They also need to be removed overnight, to give your mouth and gums a chance to heal any sore spots.
If you are missing teeth and would like to know more about how a single tooth denture could benefit your smile, please contact us for a convenient appointment
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