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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is a dental flipper?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Removable Appliance: It is a slang term for a small removable appliance that replaces one or two missing teeth.
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Dr. Earl Sandroff
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Dentistry 44 years experience
Limited teeth: A flipper is an upper or lower REMOVABLE appliance that has only 1-3 teeth on it to replace some that are missing or as a temporary replacement while something else is being fabricated..like an implant tooth or bridgework. Some people have kept using a fliper for years but you do have to be careful not to break or lose it.
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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
Slang: Dental slang , but commonly used by all, to refer to a removable acrylic / acrylic and wire prosthesis with one or more denture teeth attached to temporarily replace missing teeth. Think of a retainer with teeth. Mostly for holding space and appearance, not for function. Named this because often can be "flipped" out of place with the tongue. Temporary transitional partial denture -- TTP. Good Luck
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Dr. Kevin Nail
Dr. Kevin Nail commented
Dentistry 12 years experience
A flipper is an acrylic temporary partial denture use to temporarily replace missing teeth when extracted.
May 5, 2015
Dr. Renae Roelofs
Dentistry 38 years experience
Removable tooth: A flipper is a dental device constructed out of acrylic with a fake tooth attached. It is inserted into the mouth in the area where the tooth is missing. It is easily placed and removed by the individual.
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Los Angeles, CA
A 22-year-old male asked:

Can you sleep with a dental flipper on?

6 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dentistry 39 years experience
Leave partial out: It is recommended to leave your flipper out while you sleep.
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Last updated Nov 19, 2015
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