Flippers and Removable Partial Dentures

Flippers and removable partial dentures (RPDs) are dental devices used to replace lost teeth.


Definition: Flippers are temporary, detachable prosthetic devices used to replace one or more missing teeth.

Composition: They may have a metal framework providing support and are usually made up of acrylic material.

Purpose: When a more permanent restoration, like a bridge or implant, is being finished, flippers are frequently utilized as a stopgap measure.

Usage: Used frequently as an instant substitute for tooth loss or after extraction.


Definition: RPDs are detachable dental appliances made for use by individuals who still have some natural teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They replace numerous lost teeth.

Composition: RPDs can have a framework made of metal (cast metal partial dentures) or a flexible material. The replacement teeth are attached to the framework.

Purpose: When more than one tooth is missing, RPDs are utilized to restore obstruction, operation, and appearance. They facilitate better speech, eating, and facial appearance.

Usage: Patients who are not candidates for implants or fixed dental bridges can benefit from RPDs. For the replacement of several lost teeth, they are a simpler and more cost-effective solution.