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Will Dental Implants Set Off Metal Detectors?

June 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — smilebydesignteam @ 7:53 pm

People walking through an airportIf you have lost a tooth, there’s no better treatment than a dental implant. A dental implant is unlike any other prosthetic because it mimics both the tooth root and the crown. A titanium post supports a customized restoration, offering unmatched support and stability. However, if you travel a lot, you may have concerns about the implant setting off metal detectors. You don’t have to worry about unwanted attention at the airport. Here’s why most dental implants won’t trigger metal detectors.

How Does a Dental Implant Work?

Traditional dental prosthetics only recreate the portion of a tooth above the gum line. A dental implant goes a step further. A titanium implant is surgically placed into the jaw to serve as a root. Your bone integrates with the post through a process called osseointegration. This provides unmatched support for a custom-made restoration that’s attached to the post using an abutment. 

Dental Implants and Metal Detectors

Metal detectors transmit an electromagnetic field from a search coil into the ground. Any metal objects within the electromagnetic field will become energized, which retransmit a unique electromagnetic field. This triggers the machine to beep.

Titanium is very difficult for metal detectors to detect because only a small amount is used for a dental implant. Although metal hip and knee replacements, metal plates or screws, and metal rods may set off airport metal detectors, it’s very unlikely your new tooth will trigger the machine. 

Your implant is also insulated by your body, making it even more difficult to detect. In the rare event your implant sets off the machine, you may be asked to step aside by airport security. Inform the TSA agent of your implant, and you’ll likely be on your way. 

International airports may use different screening protocols, but the science behind metal detectors is unchanged. Therefore, there’s no need to fret, even if you’re traveling abroad. 

If you still have concerns about your implant setting off metal detectors, speak with your dentist. They can give you additional tips to help you prepare for your upcoming travels.

About Dr. Vinita J. Folck

Dr. Folck earned her dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and has continued her training in various specialties, including dental implants. She is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Request an appointment through her website or call her office at (757) 394-8233.

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