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 people considering whether to get an implant may wonder if it will affect airport security.
Let’s answer the questions commonly asked about dental implants and airport security.
Will a permanent tooth implant show up on the metal screening?
Will a TSA agent need to run a wand over my jaw?
Not likely. A dental 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 tooth implant prompted a wand or intrusive body check.
A tooth implant is still the best 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 tooth 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 people 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 important 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 set up a consultation.
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