I am a 52 year old dentist in practice in Palm Harbor, the Tampa area of Florida.
When someone says “Flipper” to me, I think of the dolphin on TV that I remember as a child… Flipper was so smart. His human friends included a father (a fish and game warden) and two of his sons. They lived somewhere in Florida ( I do not think it was Tampa or Palm Harbor.)
Fast forward more than two decades, Columbia Dental School (1981 -1985) and now all of a sudden a flipper is no longer a very smart mammal that lives in the water, a dental flipper is a temporary all acrylic replacement tooth. Total paradigm shift. Flipper the animal actor swims, dental flippers temporarily replace missing teeth.
In this picture a flipper to replace missing tooth #25 is seen. This was made in my Palm Harbor FL dentist office. In most instances, the ideal definitive replacement is a dental implant with a crown on it. Mini dental implants are most commonly used in this location.
In my Palm Harbor, Tampa Bay FL area dentist office I place both “regular” dental implants and mini dental implants. I have been placing and restoring dental implants in the Tampa Bay area since 1989.