First a little background. More than 14% of the American population has lost ALL of their teeth and 150 million individuals are missing one or more teeth. The choice between a dental implant and a flipper may pertain to those individuals. Dental implants are becoming more popular as a treatment option to replace these missing teeth and restore function and esthetics.
A flipper is the common term for an all acrylic, removable partial denture. It is called a “flipper” because it is easily “flipped” out of the mouth. This is usually the quickest, least invasive, least costly. least comportable and least durable replacement for a missing tooth (teeth).
A dental implant is the equivalent of a tooth root. It is not a tooth itself. A dental implant is most commonly a tooth root analog (screw being the most common). If a crown is desired, a dental implant abutment is placed into the dental implant and the crown is cemented to the dental implant abutment. Dental implants without crowns can also be used to secure either removeable partials or full dentures. Dental implants can be placed using a “team-approach” or start to finish all by one dentist, as I have done since 1989.
While both a flipper and a dental implant can be used to replace a missing tooth, the choices and results are worlds apart. your best source of information about these options is a dentist well versed in Comprehensive Dentistry and treatment planning.
For more information about dental implants including current prices and the cost of dental implants in my Palm Harbor, Tampa FL area dentist office click: www.DentalImplantsCost.us
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A