Flipper Vs. Implants

I am missing three teeth due to an accident. If I chose to keep my flipper and not get implants will it cause long term issues? I want to make sure my jaw bone will not deteriorate faster or cause me oral risk.

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Answer: Flipper vs. Implants

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Having a removable appliance will  only hold the place of the teeth and keep them from shifting, however your bone will shrink with time.  In order to preserve your bone in the site where the teeth are missing, it must be stimulated.  This happens when there is a tooth or implant in place.  If you wait too long, you may  no longer be a good candidate for an implant and the partial may be your only option.  Your bone will deteriorate without the dental implants placed.  

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