My dentist recommends a flipper but the prosthodontist prefers a temporary crown

My dentist sent me to a prosthodontist to get an implant in place of a rotten tooth that had to be pulled. My dentist wants me to get a dental flipper from him, but the prosthodontist said that I can get a temporary crown. Is it normal to get a temporary crown? What is a dental flipper like anyway?

Ken – It is common for a temporary crown to be used while waiting for a permanent crown to be placed.

A dental flipper is a removable partial denture that has a gum-colored acrylic base with an acrylic tooth attached to it. Metal clasps can be attached to wrap around your teeth and keep the flipper in place. Depending on the location of the missing tooth, the metal clasps can be seen. Care must be taken to ensure the flipper does not disturb the dental implant.

You will find a temporary crown to be more comfortable than a dental flipper. Speak with your prosthodontist about your concerns. He or she will be able to fully explain your options and the pros and cons of both.

This blog post is sponsored by board-certified Naperville prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.