Will a Dental Implant Cause a Problem With Airport Security?

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Airport security checks might be necessary, but they can be a major annoyance. Emptying your pockets. Pulling your laptop out of your carry-on. Taking your shoes off.

Some individuals considering whether to get a dental implant may wonder if it will affect airport security.

Let’s answer the questions commonly asked about tooth implants and airport security.

Will a tooth implant show up on the metal screening?

Yes.

Will a TSA agent need to run a wand over my jaw?

Not likely. A tooth implant has a diameter between 3.4 and 5.5 mm. And the agent can see where it is located.

What about artificial hips and knees?

Prosthetics and metal joint replacements may trigger a secondary screening. We have never heard of an incident where a dental implant prompted a wand or intrusive body check.

A permanent dental implant is still the ideal choice for restoring a lost tooth

The very slim chance that it could delay you at an airport screening checkpoint is no reason to avoid getting a tooth implant.

A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. It consists of three parts: the post (usually titanium), the abutment, and the restoration.

Tooth implants are used in a variety of applications for men and women of all ages. For instance, an implant can support a crown. Multiple implants can support bridges and dentures. But not everyone is an ideal candidate.

We answered the FAQs about implants and airport security. Here are some other vital questions.

  • Have you lost one or more natural teeth?
  • Do you want a permanent restoration?
  • Do you want a restoration that looks natural?
  • Do you want a restoration that retains natural chewing function?
  • Are you in reasonably good health?
  • Do you have healthy gums?
  • Do you have healthy jawbone?

If you answered yes to these questions, give us a call today to set up a consultation.

 

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