A dental flipper is the least expensive way to replace a missing tooth. Often it is used as a temporary tooth replacement while you wait for a dental bridge or wait for healing after a dental implant is placed.
While a dental flipper is meant to be temporary, some people wear them for years. Flippers press somewhat on the gums and so are not very healthy for the gums. They also break easily, and it can be difficult to eat with them. They actually may not be strong enough to eat on and may have to be removed for meals.