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Dental Flipper Question

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Posted by: hooked56  (9 years ago)

I had a root canal on tooth #8, which failed. The tooth was removed and I received a dental flipper on that same day. I can’t speak normally with the flipper in; I lisp. It feels so awful in my mouth. Has anyone else worn a flipper? Please give me some tips on how to adjust with it easily. I have to wear it for six months and I am deeply agitated about it.

Thank you so much in advance.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (9 years ago)

You are not alone. Lisping/ whistling are typical speech inconveniences most people report on having fitted a partial denture/ flipper recently. Sorry but you are just going to have to wait this one out until your tongue adapts itself to the new position of your replaced tooth. I'd give it about a couple of weeks.

That said, I'm hoping your dentist conducted adequate speech exercises (like saying 'mississippi') during your denture trial sessions. If not, you might want to go back and check with your dentist on how best to resolve it. By awful, if you mean bulky, you could try getting the denture trimmed down to a point where it feels okay. Six months is a very short time and I'm sure you will breeze through it. Good luck!