Flipper What Is It? A flipper or RPD Removable Partial Denture is a type of partial denture. The flipper is a nickname for the denture. This is the less expensive of the partial dentures. But even these type can be a couple hundred dollars. One difference between a flipper and a regular partial denture is that a flipper has metal clasps that will normally go in between at least two of your teeth.
The flipper is normally made of acrylic. The best advantage to this type of partial is that you can add teeth to the flipper if they fall out or have to be pulled. The flipper is normally considered a temporary solution to your missing teeth but some are able to wear them for years. Some will wear them only while they are waiting for their mouth to heal and be ready for a dental implant.
Some of the problems with the flipper are: they can break easy especially ones that are made for lower teeth but can also happen with the uppers too, they can feel bulky in your mouth, when you wear them you have a lisp, then can rub against your gums at certain spots and make your gums sore and you can not normally eat with them in your mouth.