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I would love some advice from you. I have a three-year-old who lost his front teeth due to a nasty fall that caused some nerve damage. I am really worried about his other teeth shifting into the open space. I asked our pediatric dentist for a front tooth flipper for him and he acted like I was insane. I know we’ll have to cover the cost because he’s on Medicaid and they hardly cover anything and I don’t mind paying. However, the only do-it-yourself ones to purchase online are only for adults. Do you know where I can get toddler flippers teeth?


Dear Beatrice,

I am glad that you are trying to be proactive about your child’s teeth. There are situations where teeth are at risk of shifting into empty spaces, but that is with back teeth, especially the molars that need to stay in place until your child is twelve years old. With the front teeth, there really is not the same risk. Let’s say that he did have a back tooth come out. You would not use flipper teeth for child, however, for a couple of reasons. The first is it is removable. 

When you are dealing with a toddler, they will have a hard time keeping it in, which means it can’t do its job and they are likely to lose it. It can also be a choking hazard. A second issue will be how much he will be growing, which includes his jaw. You’d have to get a new one way too often. Instead, when a child loses a back tooth, we use a space maintainer. This is not removable by the child and will serve him for many years.

Though your dentist was correct about not getting child flipper teeth, I am not convinced that he is serving you well. As a parent, it is your responsibility to look out for the best interest of your child. That includes asking questions about treatments. He should not have made you feel foolish. You may want to consider looking for another dentist. It does not have to be a pediatric dentist. There are family dentists who work very well with children. Then your whole family could attend the same clinic.

Should You Buy Flipper Teeth Online?

Purchasing children’s flipper teeth, which are removable partial dentures used for temporary tooth replacement, online may not be advisable for several reasons. Here are some considerations:

  • Customization and Fit: Flipper teeth for toddlers need to be custom-made to fit the individual’s mouth and match the surrounding teeth accurately. Buying online may not provide the necessary customization, leading to issues with fit, comfort, and aesthetics.
  • Professional Assessment: The fabrication of dental appliances like flipper teeth requires professional assessment and expertise. Dentists consider factors such as bite alignment, color matching, and overall oral health when creating these devices. Purchasing online may lack the personalized attention and expertise needed for optimal results.
  • Quality and Materials: The quality of materials used in dental appliances is crucial for durability and oral health. Buying flipper teeth online may involve uncertainties about the materials used and the overall quality of the product.
  • Risk of Infection: Ill-fitting or poorly fabricated dental appliances may cause irritation, discomfort, and an increased risk of infection. Without proper professional guidance, users may inadvertently compromise their oral health.
  • Adjustments and Maintenance: Flipper teeth often require adjustments and maintenance over time to ensure they function correctly and remain comfortable. Purchasing online may limit access to necessary adjustments and maintenance services.
  • Legal and Regulatory Compliance: Dental devices are subject to specific regulations and standards to ensure patient safety. Purchasing online may involve products that do not comply with these standards, putting oral health at risk.

If you are considering flipper teeth for adults or children, or any dental appliance, it is strongly recommended to consult with a licensed dentist. A dentist can assess your oral health, discuss appropriate treatment options, and ensure that any dental appliances are custom-made to meet your specific needs. Working with professionals helps ensure the safety, effectiveness, and longevity of the dental appliance while addressing individual oral health considerations.

Are Dental Flippers for Adults Good Choice?

Teeth flippers for adults, or removable partial dentures, can be a viable option for adults in certain situations. Here are some factors to consider when determining if dental flippers are a good choice:

  • Temporary Solution: Dental flippers are often used as a temporary solution for adults who are missing one or a few teeth. They are typically recommended when more permanent options, such as dental implants, bridges, or fixed dentures, are not immediately feasible.
  • Cost-Effective: Dental flippers are generally more cost-effective than some other tooth replacement options. This can be advantageous for individuals on a limited budget or those seeking an interim solution while planning for more permanent restorations.
  • Quick Turnaround: The fabrication of dental flippers is relatively quick, allowing for a faster replacement of missing teeth compared to certain other dental prosthetics.
  • Non-Invasive: Dental flippers are a non-invasive option that doesn’t require the alteration of adjacent teeth or surgical procedures. This can be appealing to individuals who want a removable solution without significant dental work.
  • Aesthetic Improvement: Dental flippers can provide an aesthetic improvement by filling the gaps left by missing teeth, helping to restore a more natural appearance to the smile.

However, it’s important to consider the following limitations and potential drawbacks:

  • Durability and Maintenance: Dental flippers are not as durable as some other tooth replacement options. They may require regular maintenance, adjustments, and eventual replacement over time.
  • Functional Limitations: While dental flippers can improve aesthetics, they may have functional limitations, particularly when compared to dental implants or fixed prosthetics.
  • Speech and Eating Challenges: Some individuals may experience challenges with speech and eating initially, as they adapt to the presence of the dental flipper.
  • Long-Term Considerations: While dental flippers can be suitable for short-term use, individuals with a long-term need for tooth replacement may eventually explore more permanent solutions for stability and longevity

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