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 a tooth implant may wonder if it will affect airport security. We at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ have the answers.
Let’s answer the questions typically 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 permanent 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 an implant prompted a wand or intrusive body check.
A tooth implant is still the wisest option 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 permanent 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, we can probably help you at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ. We serve patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa and include sedation dentistry and sleep apnea treatment among our other services. Schedule an appointment today.
Contact Harris Dental:
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4444 N 32 St Ste 208