How long can I wear an implant temporary crown

How long can I wear an implant temporary crown?

Interested in knowing how long a temporary crown on a dental implant will last?  Want to know how long you can wear a dental implant temporary crown?

Typically implant crown temporaries are made to wear for anywhere from a few weeks for 4-6 months while the bone and tissue are healing.  Soft tissue matures after about 6-8 weeks, so if a dentist is attempting to make the tissue perfect before an impression that is how long the temporary will be expected to last.  Sometimes a temporary crown will be placed when the dental implant is placed.  In this case it is designed to last for months.

What will happen if I wear my implant dental temporary longer?

Dental implants are strong once healed, therefore nothing will happen to the dental implant.  The temporary is likely made out of some type of plastic so it will start to stain or wear down.  The tooth is designed to be temporary but there is nothing keeping it from being used longer.  Below is a patient of mine that wore his dental crown temporary for over a year.  Quite honestly his temporary was made well enough that I considered having him keep it as a permanent.  It was made from his own tooth, which is NOT what most dentists use.

how long can i wear an implant temporary crown

Why would somewhere wear a dental implant temporary crown for longer?

The cost of getting a final crown or someone that is “just too busy” are major reasons that someone ends up in a dental implant temporary for longer than anticipated.  Restorative or surgical issues may be encountered that require the temporary to be worn longer.  If the crown is part of a larger restorative plan, then placing a new crown may not make sense yet.

What is a dental implant temporary made of?

This may dictate how long it will last.  Most are made of some sort of plastic.  The plastic ones will start to stain, they will wear down, and they can break.  Some are made of the person’s original tooth, like the example shown above.  These will not wear down or stain but they can break.

So, How long can you wear an implant temporary crown?

In conclusion, to answer “how long can I wear an implant temporary crown”, I would say until it breaks.  It will not hurt your dental implant, but it will start to look ugly at some point!

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8 Responses to “How long can I wear an implant temporary crown”

  1. dianaJuly 20, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

    i heard that wearing a temporary crown for any length of time is dangerous because of bacterial issues…….is this true ?

    • Bauer BryanJuly 23, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

      No. There is likely a misunderstanding. Some temps are better made than others though and they do collect more bacteria, especially if not made as well or polished well. Most are designed to be worn for just a couple weeks and in that case they can cause problems.

  2. CarolJune 7, 2019 at 1:54 am #

    I received a temporary crown implant for a pre-molar today. I cannot go in to get it replaced with a permanent crown for almost 4 weeks. Is that okay?

    • Bauer BryanJune 11, 2019 at 5:23 pm #

      Yes. They are likely training the tissue or it was buried when placed and they uncovered it. This is very normal.

  3. AravindhJuly 24, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

    I wear a crown in upper teeth, I feel pain in my lower teeth when it touches the upper teeth, what can I do

    • Bauer BryanJuly 30, 2019 at 8:55 pm #

      See a dentist.

  4. KeithSeptember 5, 2019 at 5:49 am #

    I have been wearing a temp crown for just over 3 mos now because I don’t know what to do. I had a slight cracked a tooth and a piece of tooth broke off but it did not break to the gum line. It had a previous filling. The whole procedure from anesthesia to putting the temp on was uncomfortable (I have had a crown put on in the past by same dentist with no issue). I was in pain after the numbing agent wore off. I returned a week later and he adjusted the temp down in case it was too high. I was fine when I walked out the door but 30 min later I had pain. I returned and X-ray showed no sign of needing a root canal. Cold test did not show sign on that tooth. I was referred to an endodontist as he may do other evaluation but did the same as my dentist and since the pain is not constant, he was not sure. I have been under tremendous stress and he felt maybe that could be a cause.. I still have some tooth pain and jaw pain but off and on. I have also have TMJ on this side off and on since the crown procedure. Ive never had TMJ on one said but could be clenching (am not wearing my mouth guard at night since I felt worse). I don’t know what to do. The dentist and endodntist don’t know what to say since it is not clear cut and leaving it to me. All I know is that I had no pain until after I saw the dentist and had the crown procedure. I was thinking just go with the crown and live with it. I have a feeling if I get the root canal then things are the same. not sure. I don’t know why I get some pain in the jaw. Could the issue be the tooth or TMJ worse with the crown? Suggestions??? Where to go from here…

    • Bauer BryanSeptember 5, 2019 at 5:32 pm #

      Stress causes TMJ pain and TMJ pain causes everything to hurt! Sorry you are going through this. I would prob just put the crown on it and if not better reevaluate the need for root canal. I would listen to your dentist on this one cause sound like TMJ is at least somewhat involved and that is always much worse if the person is stressed out. Here are my TMJ tips. They do help with the symptoms.

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