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.
Airport Security and Dental Implants
Some people considering whether to get a tooth implant may wonder if it will affect airport security.
Let’s answer the questions frequently asked about dental implant procedures and airport security.
Will a permanent dental implant show up on the metal screening?
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 an implant prompted a wand or intrusive body check.
Best Option for Tooth Replacement
The very slim chance that it could delay you at an airport screening checkpoint is no reason to avoid getting a dental 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 critical 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 a healthy jawbone?
If you answered yes to these questions, give us a call today to schedule a consultation.
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