Flippers and removable partial dentures in Payson, UT

Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile, and missing teeth can impact that desire. In addition to impacting appearance, missing teeth can also have a detrimental effect on oral health. At Gunnerson Dental, we offer patients in the Payson, UT, area several different options for replacing teeth. All our solutions are made from high-quality materials to ensure they are functional and natural-looking. For individuals who are missing one or more teeth, flippers and removable dentures can be an excellent option to maintain a functioning, beautiful smile while waiting for a more permanent solution.

What are dental flippers?

Dental flippers or removable partial dentures are typically used for an interim solution for patients who are in the healing process before dental implants or for those whose jaw has not yet developed enough for dental implants. The goal of a dental flipper or partial denture is to fill in any visible gaps in the smile and allow you to eat comfortably while waiting for the final restoration.

Flippers are made of a gum-colored acrylic that supports the artificial tooth. Dental flippers can resemble a retainer and be held in place with metal clasps that attach around existing teeth, or they may look more like a clear aligner tray with a tooth or teeth in it.

Dental flippers and removable partial dentures can be fabricated before tooth extraction and placed immediately, which makes them a great option for patients because they are an inexpensive way to maintain the appearance of the smile.

Benefits of dental flippers and removable partial dentures

  • Affordable – Dental flippers can restore appearance and functionality to the smile while patients are saving up money for a more permanent solution such as dental bridges or implants.
  • Immediate – Dental flippers can be made before tooth removal and placed right away.
  • Comfortable – Dental flippers are lightweight so, patients can more easily adjust to wearing them.

Caring for dental flippers and removable partial dentures

It is important to take dental flippers out before bed, clean them, and store them in water. Wearing them while sleeping can increase the risk of gum disease and damage the appliance. To clean the dental flipper, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleaner. The flipper should be rinsed in lukewarm water and stored in the water overnight so that it does not dry out.

To learn more about dental flippers and removable partial dentures from Gunnerson Dental in Payson, UT, call us at (801) 658-0175.