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I have had a flipper tooth for many years and there is food stuck on the plastic part, i can't get it off no matter how hard i try. How can i?

I have had a flipper tooth for many years and there is food stuck on the plastic part, i can't get it off no matter how hard i try. How can i?

Dental visit: Flippers can be cleaned in a dental office with special solutions and an ultrasonic cleaner. Don't try to fix yourself or you might be purchasing a replacement as they are somewhat fragile. ...Read more

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Swallowed a plastic flipper tooth have had one bowel since an nothing how long could it possibly take I'm very petite 5 98 pnds?

Swallowed a plastic flipper tooth have had one bowel since an nothing how long could it possibly take I'm very petite 5 98 pnds?

Swallows tooth: This should normally pass within a few days so don't worry too much about swallowing the tooth. But if you are having any problems breathing such ad wheezing toy should see your doctor. This may mean that you aspirated it into your lungs instead of swallowing it. ...Read more

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There's any alternative to using a dental flipper besides leaving the tooth space opened(or a bridge)? Can a pontic be bonded for aesthetics/function?

There's any alternative to using a dental flipper besides leaving the tooth space opened(or a bridge)? Can a pontic be bonded for aesthetics/function?

Replacement options: Find a dentist whom you trust and who can go over all your treatment options, both temporary and long term to replace any missing teeth. Understand the pros and cons of each one, think it over carefully and decide on the best long term solution! stress the health of your teeth, your body and understand the difference between value and short term cost. You will be happier in the end. ...Read more

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Is a one tooth dental flipper supposed to be placed into the mouth on a temporary basis? Does it stay in place when eating and affect speech?

Is a one tooth dental flipper supposed to be placed into the mouth on a temporary basis? Does it stay in place when eating and affect speech?

Depends: A one tooth flipper is supposed to be used on a temporary basis. It is usually placed after a recent extraction when the tooth is going to be replaced with a bridge or an implant. However, it is commonly used for a much longer duration although that is it not designed for that. Depending on the design, it can stay in place during eating and may affect speech until the patient adapts to it. ...Read more

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Hi, how long after getting braces put on and baby teeth extracted can a "fake" tooth or "flipper" be put on the wire?

Hi, how long after getting braces put on and baby teeth extracted can a "fake" tooth or "flipper" be put on the wire?

Ask your orthodontis: Since you are currently in braces and are under the care of an orthodontist, he/she would be the best person to ask this question. In your case it might not be a matter of how soon/how long, but if it is appropriate and when is it most appropriate. Anything we say here would be insufficient compared with your current treating orthodontist's opinion. ...Read more

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Couldn't to wear dental flipper for 2 months, and now it only goes halfway in. Is it safe to wear it half way until it pushes the tooth outwards?

By all means no: Please return to the Dentist that made your appliance. It needs to be adjusted to your current tooth position or remade. A flipper is a static, not an active, appliance. It's designed to hold an existing relationship, not correct tooth malpositions. If you want to move teeth safely and effectively, see a tooth moving specialist, an Orthodontist. ...Read more

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Does teeth really shift after tooth removed without flipper in place? Feel as if flipper can do more damage than good?

Does teeth really shift after tooth removed without flipper in place?

Feel as if flipper can do more damage than good?

Yes, they do: Over time, teeth can shift. No reason the RPD should do more harm than good, unless it doesn't fit properly or meticulous oral hygiene is not maintained. Have you considered dental implants as a replacement for your missing teeth? ...Read more

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Hit in mouth, now front right tooth pain and it's loose, what should I do? I have a flipper for my front left from previous accident

Hit in mouth, now front right tooth pain and it's loose, what should I do?  I have a flipper for my front left from previous accident

Loose Tooth: you need to avoid the sport you are doing without ac ousting mouth guard. You need to see a Dentist right away for evaluation of your tooth. ...Read more

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Can you explain what are tooth replacement options besides implants flippers or dentures?

Can you explain what are tooth replacement options besides implants flippers or dentures?

None: You have covered them all. See a prosthodontist to determine the options and optimal treatment for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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If i get a dental implant for a front tooth, what takes the place of the missing space during healing if not having an immediate load or a flipper?

If i get a dental implant for a front tooth, what takes the place of the missing space during healing if not having an immediate load or a flipper?

Dental Implant Temps: In some cases a temporary implant abutment and crown could be made for esthetics. It is not to be used for function. If it is a back tooth sometimes it's best to just leave the space during the healing period. ...Read more

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